History | Oct 11 2014

On This Day: Vitali Klitschko returns to the ring after an absence of nearly four years and dominates Samuel Peter

Vitali Klitschko regains his WBC heavyweight title in impressive fashion
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VITALI KLITSCHKO had not fought since December 2004 – dominating Danny Williams in a WBC heavyweight title defence – before he stepped into the ring to challenge new champion Samuel Peter on October 11, 2008. Injuries were the reason for the layoff, and after he pulled out of a proposed defence against Hasim Rahman in 2005, and relinquished his title, it was presumed he would never fight again.

TIME away from the rigors of training had allowed Vitali to heal. At 37, and after time spent in the Austrian Alps preparing and testing his body, under the watchful eye of coach Fritz Sdunek, Klitschko was ready to go into combat again.

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