Wladimir Klitschko Vs. Eddie Chambers: Round by Round

Nick TylwalkCorrespondent IMarch 20, 2010

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 20:  Wladimir Klitschko of the Ukraine speaks to reporters during a press conference at The Hospital Club on April 20, 2009 in London, England. The IBF, IBO and WBO World Heavyweight Championship fight between Wladimir Klitschko and David Haye will take place at the Veltins Arena on June 20, 2009 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.  (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
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The ESPIRIT Arena in Dusseldorf, Germany, is the site for tonight's heavyweight title fight between champion Wladimir Klitschko and challenger Eddie Chambers. A crowd of roughly 51,000 fans is on hand.

"Fast" Eddie Chambers hears some jeers from the fans before his introduction video. He looks fairly calm as he steps in the ring accompanied by a short burst of fireworks.

As you may expect, Klitschko's entrance is a bit more elaborate in front of the adoring Germans. A video is shown of a bunch of his knockouts, and he gets the full light show and pyrotechnics treatment.

Klitschko is 53-3 with 47 knockout victories. His last loss came nearly six years ago when he was KO'ed by Lamon Brewster.

Chambers is 35-1 with 18 KOs. He has won his last five bouts, though the most recent three were all by decision.

The national anthems for both the United States and the Ukraine are played. Michael Buffer does the introductions, and we are set to go a scheduled 12 rounds for Klitschko's IBF and WBO heavyweight titles.

Round One

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Chambers bounces on his feet as he circles. Klitschko tries to measure some jabs. Eddie feints but doesn't throw. Wlad connects with a jab through the guard. Klitschko bounces a left hook off Chambers' forearms.

Eddie throws a right hand and some of his own jabs. Klitschko comes in and is literally picked up by Chambers. Klitschko connects with a right that is answered in kind by Chambers. Left hook by Eddie right before the bell.

BoxingWatchers.com: 10-9 Klitschko

Round Two

Eddie tries to swat Wlad's lead hand away so he can jab. Klitschko marches forward and works on penetrating Chambers' guard. The fighters tie up, and Chambers body slams Klitschko to the mat.

Eddie sneaks a right hand over the top. He uses some quick taps to the body to stay busy. Chambers throws a right and quickly clinches.

Klitschko scores with a big right hand that has Chambers wobbly. Another one lands along the ropes. Eddie has to dig in to make it out of the round.

BoxingWatchers.com: 10-9 Klitschko

Round Three

We'll see if Chambers was able to shake off that shot. Klitschko pumps his jab to create openings for his straight right. Eddie isn't throwing much right now. The fans chant to try to get Klitschko going.

Chambers ducks a jab and lands a left to the body. A counter right connects as well. There's more wrestling with 10 seconds to go. More jabs by Wlad, probably enough to win him the round.

BoxingWatchers.com: 10-9 Klitschko

Round Four

Klitschko finds the mark early with a right hand, forcing Chambers to try to retaliate. Wlad simply peppers him with jabs to back him off. Eddie has a brief moment with his own right hands.

Klitschko throws more jabs with a wicked right behind it. Chambers' corner is begging for more head movement. Eddie attempts some roughhousing on the inside, but he doesn't seem to have many answers right now.

BoxingWatchers.com: 10-9 Klitschko

Round Five

The fighters trade jabs with Klitschko coming forward. Chambers works on the inside before the ref steps in. Klitschko uses a left hook to set up a straight right. Not much happening in the middle of this frame.

Chambers blocks several shots but is not throwing back. He tries a jumping right hand to get something started. Both men swing and miss wildly in the closing seconds.

BoxingWatchers.com: 10-9 Klitschko

Round Six

Chambers' trainer did his best to try to motivate his fighter to take more chances. Like so many before him, he can't figure out a way inside Klitschko's jab without getting nailed with a right.

Wlad marches forward with consistent jabs, answered only intermittently by Chambers' own. Klitschko tries to mix in a left hook from time to time. Klitschko lands a right with about 10 seconds left.

BoxingWatchers.com: 10-9 Klitschko

Round Seven

It's tough to imagine Chambers has won even one round on any of the official cards. He's been retreating even when he's been landing punches.

The fans clap to try to inspire a flurry from Klitschko. He obliges with three straight rights that more or less land clean.

Eddie is covering up but he can't block everything. Chambers' only hope would seem to be one huge punch, but he's not the right boxer to pull that tactic off.

BoxingWatchers.com: 10-9 Klitschko

Round Eight

Even Klitschko's jabs have plenty of force behind them. Chambers slips a left hook and comes in without success. A left-right combination thuds home for the champ. Wlad works his left hook and Eddie tries to fire back.

The announcer wonders if the cumulative effect of even the blocked punches are wearing Chambers out. It's a fair question at this point.

BoxingWatchers.com: 10-9 Klitschko

Round Nine

Klitschko comes out aggressively to start the round. Emanuel Steward told him Chambers was getting tired. Eddie smacks Wlad with a counter right and ties up. He's leaping in and clinching a lot.

Klitschko measures two right hands and has left hooks coming behind them. Chambers throws a series of mostly harmless left hands. Klitschko is patiently waiting for one big shot.

BoxingWatchers.com: 10-9 Klitschko

Round 10

Eddie has a problem with his right glove, and it needs to be changed before the round can get underway. The delay lasts roughly four minutes, which doesn't make the fans too pleased.

Chambers did get a nice rest out of it, and he's bouncing around. Klitschko mostly ignores him and goes back to work. He lands a right as the crowd urges him on.

Chambers has to scurry out of the way as Wlad moves in. Wlad teases a big uppercut and keeps stalking. Nothing too exciting in the final minute.

BoxingWatchers.com: 10-9 Klitschko

Round 11

It's nice to hear Steward asking for more punches even though his man is winning easily. Will Klitschko listen? Chambers is showing some slick defense, for what it's worth at this point.

Klitschko attempts to get untracked but is having some trouble. He reaches with two right hands, forcing Chambers back into the corner. A quick exchange breaks out, but this round has been largely short on entertainment value.

BoxingWatchers.com: 10-9 Klitschko

Round 12

Emanuel was very blunt, telling Wlad he doesn't need another decision win. Eddie has three more minutes to survive. Klitschko uses a left hook and a right to try to trap Chambers along the ropes. Neither man looks particularly gassed.

A right hand knocks Chambers back and Wlad at least looks to seal the deal. He just misses a big right hand. Eddie ducks and grabs but gets thumped by a left hook. The fans chant with 30 seconds to go.

A left hand crumples Chambers with about 12 seconds remaining, and Chambers is face down and not getting up. It took forever, but that was the dramatic finish the fans wanted.

The winner by KO at 2:55 of Round 12... and still IBF and WBO heavyweight titleholder..."Dr. Steelhammer" Wladimir Klitschko.

Klitschko acknowledges the huge crowd by climbing all four corners of the ring to salute the fans. Wlad is interviewed in German, thanking Dusseldorf for its support.

The champ says he knew it would be a tough fight and a awkward one in which to look good. No interview in English is coming, so that's all for tonight.

Nick Tylwalk is the editor and co-founder of BoxingWatchers.com . Follow his Twitter feed at @Nick_Tylwalk .