Vitali Klitschko
Nickname: Ironfist

Vitali Klitschko

World Champion
Born Jul 19, 1971
Age 43
Height 6'7"
Reach 80''
Head Trainers Fritz Sdunek
Stance Orthodox
Division Heavyweight
Years Active 1996-2004; 2008-present
Record 45 2 0
NC 0
KOs 41
KO% 87%

  Origin  

Kiev, Ukraine

  Profile  

The 42 year old Klitschko is not your typical fighter.

He holds a master's degree in social development, a doctorate in sport science, is the leader of the Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform party and twice ran for mayor of Kiev.

Last year, the 6' 7½" pro-democracy heavyweight told Spiegel Online:

"Ukraine is a wonderful country with great potential and hospitable people..."

"Unfortunately, we are observing some very negative political developments. Like Yulia Tymoshenko, one opposition leader after another is being placed in prison. That damages Ukraine's image in the eyes of the world..."

"Ukraine is transforming itself into an increasingly authoritarian regime."

Vitali has won 45 of 47 bouts, amassing 41 knockouts. And while his brother, Wladimir, has arguably beaten better opposition, Vitali has been more impressive.

The elder Klitschko, whose fighting style is far more fan-friendly than his brother's, was stopped by Chris Byrd in 2000 and Lennox Lewis in 2003. Both fights were halted as a result injuries he sustained in the ring.

A loser of few rounds, Klitschko boasts an impressive 87 percent knockouts-to-fights ratio which is currently the highest of any heavyweight champion in history.

In his most recent fight, Vitali scored a fourth round TKO over previously unbeaten Manuel Charr (21-1, 11 KOs) on September 8, 2012.

It's not yet known when or if the pugilist/politician dubbed 'Dr. Ironfist' will fight again.


More Info
  • Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko are the first brothers to hold world heavyweight titles at the same time.
  • After Wladimir's win over David Haye on July 2, 2011, all the major heavyweight belts were simultaneously owned by the Klitschko brothers.
  • Son of an Air Force Colonel.
  • Began boxing at the age of 17.
  • Tested positive for a banned substance in 1996 and was thrown off the Ukrainian boxing team for the Atlanta Olympics. He had planned to box at super heavyweight while Wladimir planned to compete as a heavyweight. Wladimir, who was struggling to make weight, took over the super heavyweight slot and went on to win the gold medal.
  • Klitschko was a six-time kickboxing world champion, twice as an amateur and four times as a professional. His record was 34-1 with 22 knockouts.
  • Earned a Ph.D. in Sports Science

  Strengths  

Size and reach
Decent power
Fights 'tall'
Durable
Punches from awkward angles 

  Facts  

Vitali's 87% KO perecentage is the highest Knock Out-to-Fights ratio in the history of heavyweight champions

Vitali is the first world boxing champion to hold a Ph.D (Sports Science)

He has never been knocked out or knocked down in any professional boxing bout.

He was awarded Germany's highest civilian award, the Federal Cross of Merit, due to his varied accomplishments

Originally, Klitschko was an amateur kickboxer. 

  Major World Titles  

WBC Heavyweight
2008 – present

WBC Heavyweight
2004-05

WBO Heavyweight
1999-2000

  Significant Wins  

TKO 10 Tomasz Adamek - 2011
UD 12 Shannon Briggs - 2010
RTD 10 Chris Arreola - 2009
TKO 9 Juan Carlos Gomez - 2009
RTD 8 Sam Peter - 2008
TKO 8 Corrie Sanders - 2004
TKO 2 Kirk Johnson - 2004
TKO 10 Larry Donald - 2002
KO 1 Orlin Norris - 2001
KO 2 Herbie Hide - 1999 

  Significant Loses  

TKO 6 Lennox Lewis - 2003
RTD 9 Chris Byrd - 2000

  Amateur Info  

195 -15; 80 KOs

  Website  

  Article Sources  

 

  Fighter Video  

Vitali vs Lennox Lewis 2003

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