Wladimir Klitschko retained his double world heavyweight crown and handed challenger Samuel Peter a one-sided beating on Saturday night in Frankfurt.
Peter had floored the giant Ukrainian three times in their previous encounter five years ago, and won on points by Klitschko on that occasion, yet this was dominant display from the 34 year-old champion, who eventually battered the Nigerian to the canvas in the tenth round under a barrage of punches to continue his ownership of the World Boxing Organisation and International Boxing Federation titles.
Challenger Peter was briefly in the running in the opening round, but Klitschko was even more aggressive in the second landing with several left-right combinations, hurting the Nigerian, who was warned for a low blow.
Peter looked unhappy on his stool coming out for the third round. Klitschko, 34, imposed himself and landed his jab and long straight right hand almost at will.
By the fifth, Peter’s eyes were beginning to close. Klitschko continued to wear Peter down as the African heavyweight threw himself forward, walking on to shots.
The younger of the Klitschko brothers landed a brutal uppercut in the sixth and by the eighth Peter looked a beaten challenger, fought desperately in the ninth, but by the tenth he was totally demoralised. Peter should probably have been pulled out earlier by his corner.
But this was another clinical performance from Klitschko, clearly the world’s No 1 heavyweight.