Vitali Klitschko


Vitali Volodymyrovych Klitschko is a Ukrainian professional boxer and the reigning WBC heavyweight champion. He is a leader of the political party UDAR of Vitaliy Klychko and a member of the Ukrainian delegation to the Congress of the Council of Europe. He previously held the WBO and WBC titles. Klitschko is the first professional boxing world champion to hold a Ph.D. degree. Klitschko is known for his powerful punches and durable chin.… Read More

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  • Welterweight Rabii Makes History With World Gold
    Yahoo News - Oct 15, 2015
  • Suspect In Shooting Of German Boxer Manuel Charr Turns Himself In
    Yahoo News - Sep 14, 2015
  • Former Champ Lewis Offers Tips To Klitschko Challenger
    Yahoo News - Apr 24, 2015
  • Former Klitschko Coach Sdunek Dies At 67
    Yahoo News - Dec 23, 2014


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Vitali Klitschko.


1971 Birth Born on July 19, 1971.


1995 23 Years Old As an amateur, Klitschko won the super-heavyweight championship at the first World Military Games in Italy in 1995. … Read More
1996 24 Years Old 1 More Event
Klitschko began his professional boxing career in 1996, winning his first twenty-four fights by either early knockout or technical knockout. … Read More
1999 27 Years Old In his 25th pro fight on 26 June 1999, Klitschko won the WBO Heavyweight title from Herbie Hide of the United Kingdom by a second round knockout. … Read More
2000 28 Years Old By April 2000 Vitali Klitschko was unbeaten and a rising star in the heavyweight division, having won all 27 of his contests by knockout. … Read More


2003 31 Years Old The fight between Lewis and Klitschko was to take place in December 2003, and Klitschko signed for a tune-up fight on 21 June 2003 as part of the undercard of Lewis' fight with Kirk Johnson for the IBO title, as the WBC would not sanction the fight for their title. … Read More
…  In January 2004, the WBC announced that it would strip Lewis of the belt if he let pass a 15 March deadline to sign for a rematch with Vitali. … Read More
On 9 November 2005, Klitschko announced his retirement from professional boxing and vacated his title. … Read More
Klitschko formally began his political career in 2006 when he placed second in the Kiev mayoral race.
2008 36 Years Old 1 More Event
On 3 August 2008 the WBC awarded Klitschko a chance to regain his WBC Heavyweight title. … Read More
In 2010, he founded the party Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform (UDAR) and was elected into parliament for this party in 2012.
On 11 January, it was officially confirmed that the fight between Klitschko and Solis was going to take place in Cologne, Germany on 19 March 2011. … Read More


In January 2012, he was awarded WBC Fighter of the Year for 2011.
He was a leading figure in the 2013–2014 Euromaidan protests, and he announced his possible candidacy for the Ukrainian presidency but later withdrew and endorsed Petro Poroshenko.
Klitschko was one of the dominant figures of the Euromaidan protests. During these protests, he retired from boxing. He confirmed on 28 February 2014 that he would take part in the (early) 2014 Ukrainian presidential election.
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