(47-3) has retained his IBF heavyweight title by knocking out previously unbeaten Calvin Brock
(29-1) in round seven at Madison Square Garden. Brock looked nervous and awkward in round one and - apart from a few well-placed bodyshots - never really mounted much of an attack against the larger Klitschko. Klitschko used a long range-finding jab to measure Brock in the early rounds and it wasn't until he was cut above the left eye (by an accidental head butt) in round six that he began throwing combinations and fighting with some sense of urgency. Brock had no answer for Klitschko's power and in round seven was sent face down on the canvas from a left jab followed by a crushing right to the jaw. Brock bravely beat the count but was in no shape to continue so referee Wayne Kelly waved it off at 2:10 of round seven.
On the undercard, Laila Ali - with father Muhammad Ali in attendance - remained undefeated by stopping Shelley Burton in the fourth round of an embarrassing mismatch.
While the fights themselves were less than stellar, the Garden atmosphere more than made up for it. Spotted in the crowd were - in no particular order - Axl Rose, Dustin Hoffman, Boris Becker, Dennis Hopper, Matthew Modine, Lennox Lewis, Shannon Briggs, Zab Judah, Junior Jones, Renaldo Snipes, Mark Breland, Vito Antuofermo, Richard Parsons, James Lipton, Ann Coulter, LeRoy Neiman, Bryant Gumbel, Bert Sugar, David Wright and Spike Lee.