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Don't tell the fans Lewis technically won

Updated: June 22, 2003, 1:59 AM ET
By Tim Struby | Special to ESPN.com

LOS ANGELES -- When is a win not a win?

Just ask the near-capacity Staples Center crowd Saturday. Despite a smattering of support during his entrance and a TKO at the hands of champion Lennox Lewis and referee Lou Moret, it was Vitali Klitschko who raised his arms to a roaring ovation at the conclusion of the fight. Battered and bloodied, but showing the heart of a true warrior, Klitschko was the moral victor in a brawl that was supposed to be a walkover for the reigning heavyweight king.

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