Revenge Of The Brother: Chris Byrd vs. Wladimir Klitschko I

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Revenge Of The Brother: Chris Byrd vs. Wladimir Klitschko I
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Average: 2.8 (6 votes)

Date: 
Saturday, October 14, 2000
Rounds Scheduled: 
12
Contracted Weight: 
Referee: 

Official Judging
Bill Lerch 120 - 106
Axel Zielke 119 - 107
Cesar Ramos 118 - 108

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Fight Notes: 

Wladimir Klitschko exacts revenge on Chris Byrd for stopping his brother Vitali six months earlier. Klitschko punishes and twice floors the WBO Champion over twelve sometimes brutally one-sided rounds. Byrd's father and trainer nearly throws in the towel in the eleventh round but allows his son to finish the fight on his feet, although Wladimir takes the unanimous decision and brings the title back to the Klitschko family.




Averaged Fan Card:

round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Chris Byrd
                                                                    
9.15
9
9
9
9
9.10
9.15
9
8.05
8.95
8.05
9
Wladimir Klitschko
                                                                    
9.90
10
10
10
10
9.95
9.85
10
10
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10
10


Fan Cards: Revenge Of The Brother: Chris Byrd vs. Wladimir Klitschko I


scorecard by JABRONIOUTFIT
Round
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9
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12
Total
CHRIS BYRD
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
8
9
8
9
106
WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
120


scorecard by JAKAJAKA
Round
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12
Total
CHRIS BYRD
9
9
9
9
9
9
10
9
8
9
8
9
107
WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
10
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10
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10
119


scorecard by QUESTIONMARK
Round
1
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12
Total
CHRIS BYRD
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
8
9
8
9
106
WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
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120


scorecard by ALLYBLAACK
Round
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12
Total
CHRIS BYRD
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
8
9
8
9
106
WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
120


scorecard by POWERPUNCHER999
Round
1
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CHRIS BYRD
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
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9
8
9
106
WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
120


scorecard by JAROD KILLIAN
Round
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CHRIS BYRD
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
8
9
8
9
106
WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
120


scorecard by MBUCK
Round
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12
Total
CHRIS BYRD
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
10
8
9
8
9
107
WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
120


scorecard by HART
Round
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2
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12
Total
CHRIS BYRD
10
9
9
9
9
10
9
9
8
9
8
9
108
WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
120


scorecard by NF82
Round
1
2
3
4
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12
Total
CHRIS BYRD
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
8
9
8
9
106
WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
120


scorecard by ONLY1
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
CHRIS BYRD
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
8
9
8
9
106
WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
120


scorecard by HAGLERGOAT
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
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12
Total
CHRIS BYRD
9
9
9
9
9
9
10
9
8
9
8
9
107
WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
10
119


scorecard by DIZZY
Round
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4
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9
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12
Total
CHRIS BYRD
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
8
9
8
9
106
WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
120


scorecard by ARKHMANN
Round
1
2
3
4
5
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9
10
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12
Total
CHRIS BYRD
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
8
9
8
9
9
106
WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
120


scorecard by THEICEMANJDOG
Round
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2
3
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9
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11
12
Total
CHRIS BYRD
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
8
9
8
9
106
WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
120


scorecard by ZAC.RJ
Round
1
2
3
4
5
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8
9
10
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12
Total
CHRIS BYRD
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
8
9
8
9
106
WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
120


scorecard by KMSCR83
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
CHRIS BYRD
10
9
9
9
9
10
10
9
8
9
8
9
109
WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO
9
10
10
10
10
9
9
10
10
10
10
10
117


scorecard by RORSCHACH
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
CHRIS BYRD
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
8
9
8
9
106
WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
120


scorecard by CHAMPION97
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
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9
10
11
12
Total
CHRIS BYRD
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
8
9
8
9
106
WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
120


scorecard by BOXING KNOWLEDGE
Round
1
2
3
4
5
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7
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9
10
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12
Total
CHRIS BYRD
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
8
9
8
9
106
WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
120


scorecard by COREY WILLINGER
Round
1
2
3
4
5
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7
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9
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12
Total
CHRIS BYRD
10
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
8
9
8
9
107
WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
119




Comments

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Round 1
Both fighters start cautiously. Wlad, fully aware of Byrd's elusiveness and ability to throw his opponent out of position, is a bit reluctant to throw punches, and when he does, Byrd slips them. Byrd isn't going to stay behind and tries whether he can work behind the double jab. The first time Wlad moves his head out of the trajectory of the shot and backs away, the second time Wlad does the same thing but this time he backs away before Byrd even throws the follow-jab, and even attempts to counter with a left hand. When Wlad moves behind Byrd's lead foot, Byrd backs away to the ropes, while Wlad immediately starts cutting the ring in front of his opponent. He doesn't really hurt Byrd but he does land a couple of hard left hooks to the body that might score the round in his favor. However, Byrd looks fairly comfortable and uses the ropes to add some extra bounce to the movement and also attempts to counter when Wlad is at close range. Near the end of the round Wlad starts capitalizing on the fact that Byrd tilts to his left when he (Wlad) moves behind Byrd's lead foot and Byrd can't put Wlad's left hand down nor has he any time to back away to the ropes (or he already is almost against the ropes) - the first time Wlad threw his right way too high, the second time his punch was blocked by gloves. This time he throws a left hand, not to land but to have Byrd tilt to his left where he catches him with a straight right - at the right place, at the right time.
9-10

Round 2
Wlad's left hand looks fast, fairly well-timed and razor sharp. Byrd does a fantastic job dodging and slipping most of Wlad's punches while against the ropes, making Wlad reluctant to "let them go". Byrd's jab occasionally works as a counter of Wlad's left but besides that remains ineffective. Byrd realizes he might be losing the round. With one minute left, Byrd moves out of the ropes to his right and behind Wlad's lead arm, but, incredibly, Wlad is quick enough to regain position and lands a well-timed jab before Byrd puts his guard back in position. It wasn't a hard jab but it caught Byrd off guard and backed him to the ropes. A great example of how precision beats power and timing beats speed, and that the shots that hurt the most are those you don't see coming.
9-10

Round 3
Klitschko is now fully confident that Byrd's defensive maneuvering starts with either tilting or moving to his (Byrd's) left, so whenever he is at range and throws a left hand, Byrd is about to move to his left and that's where Klitschko catches him with a right hand. Byrd is in a bad spot - moving to his left does his opponent a favor, but when he tried to move to his right, Wlad was ready for it as well, but he has to do something because Wlad is slowly but surely adapting to Byrd's maneuvers and is picking him apart, so he only has to force his way out of the ropes by backing Wlad up. He does that with a left hand to the side. Wlad's timing of the right hand is becoming better and occasionally he even follows it with combinations. Wlad also does a better job of moving behind Byrd's lead foot than Byrd does of moving behind Wlad's. Byrd's double left jab remains ineffective, not only that but Wlad starts countering it.
9-10

Round 4
Byrd fights for the centre of the ring and is not allowing Wlad to back him against the ropes. His most successful weapon remains a left hand to the side, however Wlad always moves away with the shot and decreases the impact. Wlad is timing his right hand but Byrd is slowly adapting to it. At the end of the round, Byrd seemingly throws Wlad out of position and immediately wants to capitalize on it, however Wlad regains position very quickly, immediately exploits the fact that Byrd is coming forward somewhat carelessly (his hands are up but he is at a dangerous range) and lands a hard one-two combination, followed by another right as Byrd is clearly stunned. Byrd's left eye is beginning to swell.
9-10

Round 5
Wlad throws a right to the body, Byrd covers himself to the point where he can barely see the following shots coming, he blocks the right hand but Wlad immediately follows with a left hook that stuns Byrd. Byrd is backed to the ropes and is ready to play rope-a-dope but Wlad immediately lands a perfectly timed right hand (slightly pulling down Byrd's right hand before throwing the punch) that hurts Byrd again, Wlad steps up his aggression but Byrd slips all of the following shots. Wlad successfully has him on the ropes for about 40 seconds before Byrd eventually forces his way out. Byrd realizes he has to slow down Wlad's momentum so he steps up his aggression. He fails to hurt Wlad in any way but is now fighting for the centre of the ring with more success.
9-10

Round 6
Byrd realizes he's losing the fight and is now looking for opportunities to fight more aggressively, but as a result steps down on defense and becomes a little less elusive, which Wlad immediately takes advantage of, landing jabs and being less reluctant to throw punches. At the end of the round, Byrd starts coming forward and is more willing to trade in an attempt to disrupt the established rhythm of the fight.
9-10

Round 7
Byrd continues to gradually step up his aggression and fights for the centre of the ring, and as a result becomes a little less elusive (as already mentioned). Wladimir deflects most of Byrd's attempts and slightly changes his approach, he is forced to be on the back foot more often than in previous rounds but deals with it surprisingly well, as his upper body and feet are always planted correctly to put enough weight behind shots and not be too stationary. He is attempting to counter, landing hard body shots whenever at close range and is exploiting the fact that Byrd has become a little less slippery. The big problem for Byrd remains the fact that he can't move behind Wlad's lead foot. By the end of the round, Byrd seemingly figures out how to come forward at Wladimir without losing his exceptional elusiveness, his attempts to hurt Wlad are mostly unsuccessful but he re-establishes himself in the centre of the ring and disrupts Wlad's rhythm.
9-10

Round 8
Byrd continues to come forward and forces Wlad to showcase his defensive abilites such as footwork, head movement, upper body movement and usage of arms, shoulders and gloves to a much bigger capacity than in previous rounds. Byrd is slowly finding more success, mostly when Wlad initiates a clinch. During one of Byrd's offense attempts Wlad pushes him back a little to force himself out of the corner, throws him out of position and just as Byrd is about to put himself back in position, he lands a hard left hook that hurts Byrd. Byrd covers himself while Wlad immediately follows up with a series of left hooks to the head and body, not to knock him down or stop him (Byrd is way too elusive, if Wlad went for the KO he could've punched himself out as a result) but to significantly slow him down and disrupt his rhythm. Byrd continues to come forward but looks disoriented, which Wlad takes advantage of. Wlad takes over the centre of the ring. Byrd's right eye looks badly swollen.

Round 9
Byrd is still coming forward but Wlad successfully deflects most of his attempts, he is timing his shots really well and is not allowing Byrd to fully regain composure. His work behind the jab has paid off as Byrd's right eye is partially blinded, and as a result he struggles watching Wlad's left hand, including the left hook that rocks him and almost sends him to the floor with cca 1:20 left. Wlad presses him against the ropes but credit to Byrd, he dodges most of Wlad's punches. On one occasion, when Wlad tries to push his smaller opponent back, he successfully moves to his right (whenever Wlad pushed Byrd back he had his right arm covering the liver), escapes the ropes, leaves Wlad out of position and even himself presses Wladimir against the ropes and lands a combination. As Wlad escapes, he continues to take advantage of Byrd's blind eye, throwing jabs; when Byrd seems to be concentrated on Wlad's left hand, Wlad throws a right hand instead. With 31 seconds left, Byrd throws a one-two combination from the mid-range, misses and slightly throws himself out of position, Wlad immediately capitalizes on it, lands a double jab (firing a left hand from position that was out of Byrd's already narrowed vision) and follows it with the right hook that sends Byrd to the canvas. Byrd gets up, Wladimir wants to follow up on the knockdown but Byrd slips his shots.
8-10

Round 10
Byrd is not coming forward anymore, seems like he hasn't fully recovered. He is trailing badly on the scorecards, Wlad has basically figured him out and fully established his in-ring generalship. Wlad looks fully comfortable and is not hurrying to end the fight, concentrated on eliminating any possible chance for Byrd to counterattack and turn the fight around. Whenever Byrd tries to close distance, Wlad counters with a hard straight right.
9-10

Round 11
Similar pattern continues, except Byrd is trying to come forward at Wlad but with no success, Wlad keeps him at the end of his shots. Wlad's timing of the right hand is fantastic in this round, the fact that he has Byrd focused on his left hand (the focus has to be even stronger because he can barely see it) helps a lot. When it looks like Byrd's focus is slowly shifting to Wlad's right, Wladimir throws a left that shifts Byrd's focus back, and follows it with a straight right that catches Byrd flush and sends him to the floor for the second time in the fight. Byrd gets up and leans to the ropes and quite significantly tilts to his left to avoid the left hand, so Wlad lands a straight right and a right hook instead. Wlad fully capitalizes on Byrd's limited vision - when Byrd watches Wlad's right, Wlad throws a left and vice versa.
8-10

Round 12
Byrd is looking for opportunities to counter but Wlad isn't giving him any. When Wlad is about to throw a left hand, Byrd tilts quite hard to his left and kind of throws himself out of position. To avoid that afterwards he covers himself with a right hand instead. Credit to Byrd, he still isn't an easy target to hit, but Wlad now fully dictates the pace. Near the end of the round Wlad overcommits on a left hook and throws himself out of position but regains composure before Byrd could capitalize on it.
9-10

Final score: 106-120

What a fantastic performance by Wlad against one of the most skilled and avoided fighters in the division. It is true that Byrd had already been beaten before, however if you look back at that loss, Chris Byrd was comfortably winning the fight before Ike Ibeabuchi landed a game-changing punch, you could even make the case that Byrd would win the rematch (but we will never know for sure, obviously). This time, however, Byrd was genuinely outboxed and outgunned for the first time in his professional career, Wlad nullified his game plan and neutralized his skillset, you could tell Byrd was demoralized going into the championship rounds.

I feel sorry for Byrd, his skillset would've been appreciated a lot more today, but back then boxing fans were having none of it, they demanded simple entertainment and Byrd's fighting style simply didn't fit in. He never got a chance to fight a recognized US draw at his best - Lennox didn't want to fight Byrd and opted for the Tyson payday instead, Holyfield was 40 years old, Vitali and Wladimir weren't really big in the US and Tua, albeit a recognized name, was never a PPV draw on his own. Because of that, he couldn't become a legitimate PPV draw himself. I think this was the main reason why, as the champion, he kinda neglected his strengths and was more willing to stand in front of his opponent when the opponent was considered as that of a clearly lesser quality, it resulted in some entertaining fights with Andrew Golota and Jameel McCline but didn't help him to become a draw and only hurt his credibility as champion.

Besides that, I believe Byrd's resume is quite underrated, with wins against Vitali Klitschko and David Tua, holding a piece of the heavyweight crown, being ranked as the best heavyweight in the world and somewhat keeping the value of the title during the "transitional" era when American HW talent pool looked very thin and European fighters were yet to take over and move the epicentre of the HW division to Germany.

Great performance by Klitschko