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About Ukrainian Boxer Vitali Klitschko

26. August 2009 by Gregg 0 Comments

WBC Boxing Champion Vitali Klitschko, occasionally nicknamed “Dr. Iron Fist,” was born in the city of Belovodsk, Ukraine in 1971 and grew up in Kiev. He and his brother, Wladimir have gone on to incredible success in boxing, holding three of the four major World Heavyweight Championships between them.

 

Holding a Ph. D. in Philosophy of Sports Science, Klitschko began his boxing career around 1995 winning many military and amateur contests. He later made his way into the professional boxing world in 1996 and secured his first World Heavyweight title with the WBO in 1999. One of Vitali’s career-making fights was one that he lost; his bout against British fighter Lennox Lewis in 2003 brought him incredible respect from the international community due to his performance. Vitali only lost the fight due to a technical knockout, as Lewis had opened an enormous gash over Klitschko’s eye.

 

Vitali retired from boxing in 2005, but remained involved in public life due to an interest in Politics. He campaigned against Leonid “Cosmos” Chernovetsky during the 2006 Kiev mayoral elections, pulling a close second place to the eccentric current mayor. He then returned to boxing despite his previous injuries shortly afterwards, defeating “The Nigerian Nightmare” Samuel Peter for the WBC Championship in 2008.

 

Vitali Klitschko, despite his reputation as a brutal fighter, has a fair amount of interests outside of the ring that seem uncharacteristic for a boxer. He is an avid chess player, seeing the strategy behind chess and boxing to be remarkable similar, and a good friend of former World Chess Champion Vladimir Kramnik. Vitali and his brother have both also dedicated themselves to helping schools and churches in Kiev and have worked with UNESCO to provide aid in many different countries.