24 Oct 2014

The Man Who "Knocked Vitali Klitschko Out"...What Really Happened!

9 Aug 2005 14:07       hits 53575 Print version

There is something of an urban myth going around in boxing about the supposed Vitali Klitschko knockout loss at the hands of a British kickboxer, Pele Reid. It has been the subject of many internet gossipers across the boxing community, and little seems to be known about it, except that Reid was supposed to have KOd Klitschko in a kickboxing fight many years ago before either became professional boxers.

When quizzed about it, WBC Heavyweight Champion Klitschko allegedly asked, Whos Pele Reid?, and when he was reminded that Pele was supposed to have KOd him in a kickboxing match, Klitschko answered, It was so long ago that I forgot all about him. I lost that fight because of a kick to the thigh, not because of any punch. Lennox is the biggest puncher in the world and he couldnt knock me out.

Well its time to separate myth from reality and set the record straight. I HAVE SEEN THE FIGHT on video a week or two after it happened, and I also interviewed Pele Reid for a martial arts magazine earlier this year, and he spoke about what happened.

So here it is...the TRUE account of what happened, from an eye-witness and from the guy who was in the ring with him.

Firstly, a few facts about the fight. It was in Varna, Bulgaria at the WAKO European Kickboxing Championships, 1992, where each member country is allowed to enter a representative fighter. In the +89kgs Light-Contact division (which at this event was fought on a matted area, rather than in a boxing ring), Pele Reid was the Great British representative, while Klitschko was fighting for CIS (Russia). Both were singled out as top seeds immediately because of their sheer size: we all know Klitschko is listed at 67 plus, and Reid himself is a perfectly proportioned and muscular 64 and 235lbs or more.

Reid was initially taken back by the big Ukrainians size, and took up the story: I breezed through the semi-finals, and Klitschko did, too. He happened to walk past me after our matches and I thought, man, this guys big!. Then he looks down at me and smirks like hes measuring me up. I was like, (sucks teeth) Look at this boy here trying to look at ME!. He looked at me like he was gonna bust me up and I knew then that I just had to put him down.

Reid and Klitschko met in the finals. After a quiet opening round that saw both taking a good look at what the other had, Klitschko began to open up. The Ukrainian lifted his leg to kick, left it out there for too long (the kickboxing equivalent of pawing with the jab), and Reid saw the opening, connecting with a perfect spinning kick that landed right on the tip of Klitschkos jaw. The Ukrainian went down, and had it been regular Boxing or Kickboxing rules, there was no way there would have been any kind of ten-count. As it was, being a light-contact match, the ref just waved the fight off and Reid was the new European Champion.

With the help of an amateur video recorded by one of the members of the British team, I witnessed the knockout. The picture was perfect and there was no mistaking what had happened...Pele Reid knocked out Vitali Klitschko, not with a kick to the leg, but with a bonafide spinning kick to the jaw. Dont believe me? I took this excerpt from the January 1993 issue of Martial Arts Illustrated, where a brief mention is given to the fight by writer Peter Lewis:

Our fourth Gold came from Pele Reid when, after some superb fights, he met Klitschko of CIS (Russia) in the finals of the 89 plus opponent even taller than Pele! With little trouble, Pele KOd the huge Russian in round two with a reverse spinning kick to take the gold.

After several more big medal victories around the world, Reid turned to pro-boxing and ran up a 13 fight knockout streak before losing to British Champion (and Mike Tyson-victim) Julius Francis. Suffering a further knock out loss to Orlin Norris, Reid bowed out with a 16-4-2 (15) record and entered the K-1 Kick/Thai-boxing Arena.

Klitschko, as we all know, went on to win the WBC Heavyweight Title given up by Lennox Lewis on his retirement, which he still defends to this day. But next time Vitali talks about never having been knocked out, remember that little-known Pele Reid once achieved what Lennox Lewis couldnt (albeit with a kick instead of a punch), and flattened the Ukrainian in two rounds.


prev. news
  Winky to Mayweather: "50-50 purse split or no fight!"
next news
Mayorga: Piccirillo is weak!  

News: Vitaly Klitschko

RSS News: Vitaly Klitschko
1 | 2 | 3 ... 31 | 32 | 33 »
V. Klitschko Steps Back, Now WBC Champion Emeritus 16 Dec 2013 21:32

V. Klitschko Steps Back, Now WBC Champion Emeritus

The WBC show his full support of Vitali Klitschko in his political activities in his home country Ukraine and understand that he is unable to defend his title inside the ring in the foreseeable future. Therefore the WBC appoint Klitschko Champion Emeritus and thus give him the opportunity to decide at a later point whether he wants to resign from professional boxing or fight for the WBC Heavyweight title again read more ...
Vitali Klitschko granted extension to decide future 1 Dec 2013 12:37

Vitali Klitschko granted extension to decide future

Fightnews has been updated on the future of WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko, who was given until November 30 to decide if he will be defending the WBC belt at the recent WBC Convention. According to WBC Executive Secretary Mauricio Sulaiman, the situation with Klitschko is as follows read more ...
V. Klitschko Says He Will Likely Return, Haye Possible 8 Sep 2013 23:00

V. Klitschko Says He Will Likely Return, Haye Possible

WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko has not ruled out fighting David Haye before he finally calls time on his illustrious boxing career. The 42-year-old, who is considering a move into politics and running in the Ukrainian presidential election, has not fought for more than 12 months and any future bout would have to be sanctioned by the WBC read more ...
Vitali Klitschko Gives His Take on Tua vs. Ustinov Bout 25 Jun 2013 14:47

Vitali Klitschko Gives His Take on Tua vs. Ustinov Bout

Vitali, who along with brother Wladimir have dominated the heavyweight division for more than a decade, has admitted he will be a keen observer of Tua’s Hydr8 ZERO David vs Goliath bout against Alexander Ustinov — and not just because the Russian is on the books of the brothers’ K2 Promotions read more ...
Haye: Vitali Slowed Down, I Can Knock Him Out! 14 Jan 2013 22:02

Haye: Vitali Slowed Down, I Can Knock Him Out!

Former two division champion David Haye (26-2, 24KOs) is still craving the opportunity to face WBC heavyweyight beltholder Vitali Klitschko. Haye even admits that he is «obsessive» about fighting Vitali in 2013. The British star wants to badly redeem himself after a poor showing against Vitali’s brother, Wladimir, in July 2011 read more ...
Haye: If No Vitali Fight By Summer, It Will Never Happen 7 Jan 2013 14:13

Haye: If No Vitali Fight By Summer, It Will Never Happen

David Haye has confirmed once again that he is only interested in fighting Vitali Klitschko, and that he will never step into a ring with David Price. The former WBA champion is still waiting to hear from Klitschko on whether he will take a fight with haye or retire from boxing read more ...
Peter Fury: If We Can Get Klitschko in March, We’ll Fight! 2 Jan 2013 21:09

Peter Fury: If We Can Get Klitschko in March, We’ll Fight!

According to trainer/uncle Peter Fury, undefeated Tyson Fury (20-0, 14KOs) is ready to fight WBC king Vitali Klitschko in March — if Vitali (45-2, 41KOs) decides to continue his boxing career. The 41-year-old champion may retire to begin a career in politics. Fury is looking to snatch away the WBC shot from countryman David Haye, who spent the last year pursuing the shot at Vitali read more ...


"I don’t blame none of the critics because that’s what makes boxing exciting, people doubting people and people being able to prove other people wrong. That’s what makes the game of boxing exciting. It gave me (laughing) so much joy to prove all of the people wrong, man... Johnathon Banks is here to stay, man. To all of the heavyweights, ready or not, here I come. I think I proved to a lot of people that read more ...
Klitschko: Haye Now Selling Himself With Naked Buttocks 20 Nov 2012 23:03

Klitschko: Haye Now Selling Himself With Naked Buttocks

WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko had a good laugh at the expense of British rival David Haye, who continues to call for a title shot with Vitali. Haye is now involved with a reality show, where the boxer and other contestants are spending their days in the jungle. Some photos surfaced on the internet a few days ago where Haye, completely naked, was taking a swim in the lake read more ...
Tyson Fury to fight Denis Boytsov in world title eliminator 1 Nov 2012 18:25

Tyson Fury to fight Denis Boytsov in world title eliminator

Britain’s Tyson Fury will fight Russian heavyweight Denis Boytsov in a WBC world title eliminator in Belfast on 1 December, BBC Sport NI understands. The fight is expected to be staged at the Odyssey Arena, with the winner becoming a mandatory challenger to reigning champion Vitali Klitschko read more ...
1 | 2 | 3 ... 31 | 32 | 33 »