Just rewatched tyhe fight between Vitali Klitschko and Chris Byrd. here is my round-by-round coverage and my take on this fight: Round 1 - Vilali's round clearly. Vitali was far more active but he missed so badly with most of his power punches that getting injured from his own misses was just a matter of time. Vitali leads 10-9 Round 2 - The same. Clear Klitschko's round because of his activity and Byrd's inactivity, but Vitali missed a lot again. Vitali leads 20-18 Round 3 - Byrd's round. Close, but clear IMO. Chris started doing a lot more in this round. Vitali leads 29-28 Round 4 - Dominant round for Vitali. His best round in the fight at the offensive end. But... his right hand had zero effect on Byrd unlike his brothers' punches that hurt Chris badly later that year. Vitali leads 39-37 after 4 rounds on my card Round 5 - Big round for Byrd. IMO, his best round of the fight. Vitali still leads 48-47 on my card after 5 rounds Round 6 - Good round for Vitali. He leads 58-56 after this round Round 7 - Very close round for Vitali. He was getting tired but still did enough to take that round on my card/ Vitali leads 68-65 after 7 rounds on my card Round 8 - Clear round for Byrd. Vitali is looking more a more tired as the fight goes on. Vitali still leads 77-75 on my card Round 9 - Better round for Vitali as he had more success at the offensive end comparing to the 8th, but still Chris was clearly more effective fighter, outlanding him 24-17 (by CompuBox) in that round. Vitali leads by 1 point (86-85) after 9 rounds, and his corner stops the fight due to injury Afterthoughts: 1) It was very close fight, not even close to dominant performance from Vitali as some people pretend it to be. In fact, it was MUCH closer than Vitali's fight against Lewis IMO 2) Nobody before or since that fight ever come close to being so competetive with Vitali on punch-by-punch basis. Vitali outlanded Byrd 132-124 only (for example, he outlanded Lennox Lewis 152 to 102) according to CompuBox 3) Was injury a factor? Yeah, definitely. But the fight would be tough for Vitali even if he hadn't injured his left shoulder, I'm pretty sure about that 4) Judges' card were ridiculous, and IMO Klitschko's trainer and Vitali himself thought he was leading by a small margin on the cards, otherwise they wouldn't retire in the corner after 9th round 5) Vitali couldn't even slightly hurt or rock Byrd with his best punches he thrown by his healthy right hand. Now compare that to the damage Bryd got when he got hit by Wlad. No wonder why Byrd later said Wlad hits 3 times harder than Vitali 6) That loss made Vitali a better boxer. He has improved his stamina. He looked tired against Byrd from round 7, but since that fight he hasn't had any problems with stamina, even later in his career, when he was 40-years-old 7) This win is ridiculously underrated win for Byrd. People act like he just got lucky. Huh? He made Vitali miss badly and injury his shoulder with one of those misses, how it''s any more luckier than Lewis cutting Vitali's face?