Wladimir Klitschko

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Wladimir Klitschko

5 February 2008
Real name Volodymyr Volodymyrovych Klychko
Nickname(s) Dr. Steelhammer
Rated atHeavyweight
Height 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)[1]
Reach 206 cm (81 in)
Born (1976-03-25) 25 March 1976 (age 36)
Semipalatinsk, Kazakh SSR, Soviet Union
Boxing record
Total fights 61
Wins 58
Wins by KO 51
Losses 3
Draws 0
No contests 0
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Wladimir Klitschko

5 February 2008
Real name Volodymyr Volodymyrovych Klychko
Nickname(s) Dr. Steelhammer
Rated atHeavyweight
Height 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)[1]
Reach 206 cm (81 in)
Born (1976-03-25) 25 March 1976 (age 36)
Semipalatinsk, Kazakh SSR, Soviet Union
Boxing record
Total fights 61
Wins 58
Wins by KO 51
Losses 3
Draws 0
No contests 0

Wladimir Klitschko[2] (Ukrainian: Володи́мир Володи́мирович Кличко́ [transliteration: Volodymyr Volodymyrovych Klychko]; born 25 March 1976 in Semipalatinsk, Kazakh SSR) is a Ukrainian heavyweight professional boxer. Klitschko is the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, IBO & The Ring Heavyweight Champion. His older brother Vitali Klitschko is the current WBC Heavyweight Champion. Klitschko is the longest reigning IBF, WBO & IBO Heavyweight Champion in history with the most title defenses for those organizations. Overall, he is the 6th longest reigning Heavyweight Champion of all time with the 3rd most consecutive title defenses at 12. As of 2011, Boxrec rates Klitschko as the number 2 pound-for-pound in the world. Ring Magazine currently rates Klitschko as the number seven pound-for-pound boxer in the world.

Since 2005, Klitschko has been the dominant force in the heavyweight division, defeating a majority of the top heavyweights in the rankings. When Klitschko won the IBF title against Chris Byrd there were four separate Heavyweight Champions. Since then, he has unified the IBF, IBO, WBO & WBA belts and defeated the WBA Champion in recess. Following his win over Ruslan Chagaev, Klitschko was awarded the vacant Ring Magazine Heavyweight title.


Early life

Klitschko was born in Semipalatinsk (now Semey, Kazakhstan).[3][4][5] Though a celebrity in his former adopted home of Germany, he moved with his older brother Vitali to Beverly Hills, California, USA, in 2004. Their father, Vladimir Rodionovich Klitschko (1947–2011), was a Soviet Air Force major general and a military attaché of Ukraine in Germany. He was also one of the commanders in charge of cleaning up the effects of the Chernobyl disaster in 1986 and was afterward diagnosed with cancer. Their mother is Nadezhda Ulyanovna.[6]

In the summer of 1996, Klitschko finished Pereyaslav-Khmelnitsky Pedagogical Institute (Ukraine) and was accepted in the postgraduate study program of Kiev University. On 18 January 2001, in a conference hall of Kyiv University of physical science and sports, Klitschko presented his doctoral dissertation and was awarded a PhD in Sports Science. Klitschko speaks four languages: Ukrainian, Russian, German and English. At the beginning of his professional career, he began using the German transliteration of his name, Wladimir.[citation needed]

Amateur career

In the early 1990s, Klitschko was coached in Poland's Gwardia Warszawa boxing club, where, according to Jerzy Kulej, "He and his brother used to demolish our boys."[7] In 1993, Klitschko won the Junior European Championships as a heavyweight. In 1994, he received 2nd place at the Junior World Championships in Istanbul, Turkey. In 1995, he won the gold medal at the Military Championships in Ariccia, Italy, defeating Luan Krasniqi, who he had lost to in the third round of the World Championships in Berlin, Germany earlier that year. In 1996, he captured 2nd place as a Super Heavyweight at the European Championships in Vejle, Denmark. He had an amateur record of 134–6.

Known as "The Steel Hammer," Klitschko first achieved world attention at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. He defeated Paea Wolfgramm to win the Super-Heavyweight gold medal. He is now announced as "Dr. Steel Hammer," a name more in the vein of his brother, Vitali, who goes by "Dr. Ironfist."

Professional career

Klitschko turned professional with Universum Box-Promotion in Hamburg under the tutelage of Fritz Sdunek.

He suffered his first setback after 24 bouts without a loss to journeyman Ross Puritty, who entered the bout with a record of 24–13–1. Wladimir Klitschko's coach, Fritz Sdunek, jumped into the ring and stopped the fight.

On 18 March 2000, Wladimir fought Paea Wolfgramm, whom he fought previously in the 1996 Super Heavyweight Olympic Finals. In their professional rematch, Klitschko knocked Wolfgramm out in the first round.

Klitschko vs. Byrd I

On 14 October 2000, in Cologne, Germany's Kölnarena, Klitschko won the WBO Heavyweight Championship from American Chris Byrd. Byrd had previously upset his elder brother Vitali (who pulled out injured during their bout).

After five successful defenses of the WBO belt, Klitschko suffered an upset loss to Corrie Sanders. Sanders battered Klitschko for two rounds before knocking him out on 8 March 2003, in Hannover, Germany.

After winning two minor bouts in Germany and enlisting the services of legendary boxing trainer Emanuel Steward, Klitschko again fought for the vacated WBO title on 10 April 2004, in Las Vegas, against Lamon Brewster. Klitschko sent Brewster to the canvas in the fourth round; however, things turned around in the fifth when Brewster's punches began backing him up. Not defending himself and leaning into ropes for support, Klitschko took a standing eight count. On unsteady legs, Klitschko went to his knees after the bell and the referee stopped the fight for his safety.

Following his loss to Brewster, Klitschko began his journey back towards the top of the heavyweight division. First, he defeated DaVarryl Williamson by technical decision. The fight was stopped due to a Klitschko cut caused by an accidental headbutt. He then knocked out undefeated Eliseo Castillo.

Klitschko vs. Peter I

Klitschko then signed to fight undefeated power puncher Samuel Peter in an IBF eliminator. The much anticipated bout proved to be hugely entertaining. It went some way towards redeeming Klitschko in the heavyweight division. Though Peter scored three knockdowns (two in round 5, one in round 10) Klitschko withstood the Nigerian's power and went on to dominate for long periods.

Klitschko vs. Byrd II

Wladimir Klitschko boxing Hasim Rahman, 2008

On 22 April 2006, in Mannheim, Germany, Klitschko defeated Chris Byrd for a second time, this time by technical knockout, in a contest for the IBF & IBO Heavyweight Championships. Referee Wayne Kelly stopped the fight in the seventh round after a knockdown—Byrd beat the count, but his face was battered and bloody, and the fight was waved off. Klitschko then defeated mandatory challenger Ray Austin on 10 March 2007, at the SAP Arena in Mannheim, Germany by a second-round knockout with four consecutive left hooks to Austin's head. Klitschko did not use his right hand once during the fight, doing all his work with his left jab and left hook. Klitschko then avenged one of his previous losses as he defeated Lamon Brewster on 7 July 2007, in Cologne, Germany. Brewster's corner asked the referee to stop the fight at the end of the sixth round. It was later revealed that Klitschko fought most of the fight with a broken middle finger on his left hand.

Klitschko vs. Ibragimov

Klitschko defeated WBO Heavyweight Champion Sultan Ibragimov at Madison Square Garden in New York City on 23 February 2008 to unify the IBF, IBO & WBO Heavyweight titles. The Klitschko-Ibragimov fight was the first heavyweight unification since Holyfield-Lewis in 1999. The unification clash with Ibragimov proved to be a huge disappointment for fans. Klitschko was very dominant from the first bell. He backed Ibragimov into a corner and proceeded to push down Ibragimov's glove with his left hand so he could not throw a punch. Though Klitschko won every single round the crowd in New York began booing after the second round. The boos and jeers increased as the fight progressed in the same fashion. Ibragimov's corner was almost silent from the sixth round onwards unable to give their man any meaningful advice.

On 12 July 2008, at the Color Line Arena in Hamburg, Klitschko defeated Tony Thompson by eleventh round knockout.

Klitschko was scheduled to defend his titles against Alexander Povetkin later in 2008,[8] but on 25 October, Povetkin withdrew from the fight due to an ankle injury. Instead, Klitschko faced Hasim Rahman on 13 December 2008 and won by TKO. This was the third time Klitschko fought at the SAP Arena in Mannheim, Germany. He dominated the fight, winning every round while making good use of his left jab. From the first bell the difference in physical strength was profound. Rahman seemed unable to withstand Klitschko's punch power. The referee finally called a stop to the one-sided contest in the 7th round after Rahman failed to respond to a series of good shots.

Klitschko vs. Chagaev

Klitschko was scheduled to face David Haye, who pulled out within weeks of the fight complaining of a back injury. Salvaging the 20 June 2009 date and venue, Klitschko instead retained the IBF, WBO and IBO Heavyweight titles and also won the vacant Ring Magazine heavyweight title by defeating replacement opponent and Ring #3 ranked Ruslan Chagaev when Chagaev retired after an onslaught of punches towards the end of the ninth round. As Chagaev was WBA Champion, the title was not on the line. Klitschko's win over Chagaev was seen as one of his most impressive performances in the ring. He controlled the tempo of the fight from the very beginning and hit Chagaev at will with the jab. He hit Chagaev with several hard right crosses and never allowed him to build momentum. Towards the end of the second round Klitschko caught Chagaev off balance and sent him to the canvas. Chagaev recovered but was dominated thereafter. This win had added significance because even though the WBA title was not on the line, many saw Klitschko as the rightful champion.

Klitschko vs. Chambers

On 9 December 2009, Klitschko's management group, K2 Promotions confirmed that a bout with Eddie Chambers has been agreed to take place in Germany on 20 March 2010. This mandatory title defense, originally scheduled for December 2009 had to be delayed due to a hand injury that Klitschko sustained in training that required surgery.

Klitschko defeated Chambers by knockout five seconds before the end of the final round.[9] He was criticized between rounds by his trainer Emanuel Steward for not fighting aggressively enough despite having won all prior rounds and Chambers only fighting back weakly. Klitschko began punching more often during the final round than he had done before which eventually led to his left hook hitting Chambers to the forehead. The punch made Chambers fall forwards and lost consciousness for an extended period of time. The referee stepped in and called an end to the contest instantly.

Klitschko vs. Peter II

Klitschko in Hollenstedt, Lower Saxony, Germany, on 21 May 2010.

Following the match with Chambers, a unification fight between Klitschko and David Haye, who as of May 2009 held the WBA title, appeared to be in the offing. Klitschko called out the Briton on YouTube in April 2010, stating, "I want to send this message to boxing fans and directly to David Haye. David, you've bitched out on fighting both Klitschko brothers twice already and now's the time to make it happen. On behalf of the boxing fans around the world, I am officially calling you out to fight me. You can't run away from me forever and you need to follow through with this fight if you want to be respected. I'm ready. What're you waiting for?"[10][11] Haye's trainer, Adam Booth, has indicated that Haye would be willing to accept the challenge.[12] Both sides began negotiations for a potential fight and the bout was targeted for September.[13] As the negotiations continued to move forward,[14] the unification fight between Klitschko and Haye was expected to take place in Germany rather than England.[15][16] The IBF set a deadline to end negotiations on 17 May. A few days before the 17 May deadline to make the unification bout, Haye said he was interested in fighting the older Klitschko, Vitali, rather than Wladimir.[17]

The fight did not materialize and Klitschko took on mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin. On 17 May 2010, the 30-day period of negotiation began for Klitschko to defend his championship against Povetkin.[18] Within this period, discussions to make a fight with Haye were still ongoing.[19] At first, the bout between Klitschko and Povetkin was tentatively scheduled to take place in Frankfurt, Hessen, Germany, on 11 September 2010.[20] In July 2010, it was confirmed that the bout would be taking place in Frankfurt.[21] However, Povetkin, under trainer Teddy Atlas, backed out of the $2 million purse fight. Samuel Peter replaced Povetkin for the scheduled fight. Klitschko faced Peter for a second time, as they had fought in 2005 previously. Peter fought Klitschko on 11 September 2010, for the Ukrainian's IBF, WBO & IBO Heavyweight titles. Klitschko won again, by knocking out Peter in the 10th round.[22][23][24] Peter weighed in at 241 pounds, two pounds lighter than their first fight. Klitschko came in at a career heavy of 247 pounds. Both fighters had promised knockouts in the pre-fight build up. Peter started the fight very aggressively and caught Klitschko with a good left hook in the opening minute although Klitschko ended the round well. Peter was caught with three hard right-hands in the second round, one of which seemed to stun him. Peter tried to duck under the Klitschko jab, but was being tied up on the inside. After four rounds the fight became one-sided in Klitschko's favour. Peter's right eye was closing and he was taking heavy punishment. After the ninth round, Peter's trainer Abel Sanchez said he would give him one more round. Emmanuel Steward also implored Klitschko to be more aggressive. Peter swung wildly in the tenth and Klitschko put him down with a concussive combination. Referee Robert Byrd did not start a count and waved the fight off, awarding Klitschko the win by knockout.

Klitschko was set to fight Dereck Chisora on 11 December, but the fight was later called off on 8 December due to Klitschko tearing a muscle in his abdomen.[25][26]

On 5 January 2011, it was announced that Dereck Chisora would get his fight with Klitschko. This enraged David Haye's trainer Adam Booth, who described the move as a "disgrace" on a heated live phone-in with Sky Sports News. Booth alleged Haye had met every single one of Klitschko's demands.[27] The fight against Dereck Chisora was rescheduled for 30 April 2011 and was going to take place in SAP Arena, Mannheim.[28] However, on 4 March, it was announced Klitschko pulled out of the fight due to not being fully recovered from a torn abdominal muscle. On 5 March, it was instead announced that the highly anticipated fight against David Haye will take place on 2 July 2011.[29] The fight was contingent on Klitschko's recovery from a torn abdominal muscle injury. The contract was written so that if Klitschko is not fully healed, then Haye would fight his brother, Vitali.[30]

Klitschko vs. Haye

Klitschko fought David Haye in a heavyweight unification fight for the WBA (Super), WBO, IBF, IBO & The Ring Heavyweight titles. The fight took place at the Imtech Arena, Hamburg, Germany on 2 July 2011.[31][32][33] Klitschko dominated the fight, statistically outlanding Haye nearly 2 to 1. Klitschko won by unanimous decision.[34]

Klitschko dominance

After winning the WBA title, all of the major Heavyweight titles were in the hands of the Klitschko family. Wladimir and Vitali became the first and only pair of brothers to hold all of the heavyweight titles simultaneously.[35]

On 6 October 2011, Klitschko announced his next fight. It was originally to be on 10 December 2011 against the former two time unified World Cruiserweight Champion, French Jean-Marc Mormeck. The fight would have taken place at Esprit Arena, Düsseldorf.[36] It was to be Wladimir's first title defense of the WBA (Super) belt, he won against David Haye. The fight was billed Alle Gürtel. Ein Champion. (All belts. One Champion).[37] However, on 5 December 2011, the fight was cancelled because Wladimir checked into a hospital to have a kidney stone removed. After the removal operation he suffered from fever and inflammation.[38] The fight was rescheduled for 3 March 2012, with Wladimir Klitschko knocking out Jean-Marc Mormeck in the fourth round. On 7 July, he faced Tony Thompson in a rematch in Stade de Suisse Wankdorf, Bern, Switzerland. Tony Thompson had been named as Wladimir Klitschko's mandatory defense by the IBF.[39] On 7 July 2012, Klitschko stopped Thompson in the sixth round after putting him to the canvas in round five. It was his 12th consecutive title defense, the 3rd most in heavyweight history.[40]

Klitschko will defend his belts in Hamburg on 10 November 2012.[41] His opponent for the fight will be undefeated 27-0 (15 KO) Mariusz Wach. Klitschko last fought in Hamburg in July 2011, when he dethroned David Haye via unanimous decision as WBA beltholder at the Imtech Arena. If the fight between Klitschko and Wach happens, it will be the first time in his 16 year pro career Wladimir Klitschko faces an opponent taller than himself.[42] At 2.02 metres tall with a reach of 2.08 metres, the Kraków-born Wach, who is based in the United States, is 4 centimetre taller than Klitschko with a reach two centimeters longer.[43]

Other interests

Klitschko appeared with Lennox Lewis in the motion picture Ocean's Eleven. He is an avid chess player, kite-surfer, golfer and humanitarian. Both Klitschko brothers have been involved in charitable activities dedicated to supporting the needs of children around the world. Both brothers have formed their own charities that contribute to children in need in Africa and South America. They won humanitarian awards for their "Fight For Peace" and "Sport for Good" projects in 2002 and 2007. In 2002, the Klitschko brothers announced that they had agreed to work specifically for UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), which supports more than 180 projects in 87 countries. Klitschko is also a passionate golfer and was seen playing in the Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland. The tournament was played over three courses in 2008 including St Andrews, Carnoustie, and Kingsbarns in Fife and Angus. Klitschko was named curator of the Ukrainian pavilion at the 2009 Venice Biennale.[44] Klitschko starred in the music video for Chris Cornell's song "Part of Me" in 2008, alongside rising dancer Carlos Kerr Jr. and Method Man.

Personal life

Some media reported that Klitschko had been previously dating Yvonne Catterfeld;[45] the relationship was played up in German comedies Keinohrhasen and Zweiohrküken. After Wladimir's photo session[46] held for Vanity Fair magazine with Karolína Kurková she claimed to have a romantic relationship with the boxer.[47] Alena Gerber was once his girlfriend.[48]

In 2009 Klitschko began dating American actress Hayden Panettiere.[49] Panettiere appeared at ringside at some of Klitschko's fights, including at Klitschko's 10th round KO victory over Samuel Peter.[50] The couple broke up in May 2011.[49]

On 29 March 2012, during a charitable auction in Kiev, Ukraine, Wladimir auctioned off his 1996 Olympic gold medal to a buyer who bid $1 million dollars. Klitschko said he would use the money to help the dreams of hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian children. After the sale, the buyer immediately returned the medal out of respect for Wladimir and because he wanted it to remain with the Klitschko family.[51]

Professional boxing record

58 Wins (51 knockouts, 6 decisions, 1 DQ), 3 Losses, 0 Draws[52]
Res.RecordOpponentTypeRd., TimeDateLocationNotes
N/AN/APoland Mariusz WachN/AN/A2012-11-10Germany O2 World Arena, Altona, HamburgDefending WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, IBO & The Ring Heavyweight titles.
Win 58–3 United States Tony ThompsonTKO6 (12), 2:562012-07-07Switzerland Stade de Suisse Wankdorf, Bern, Canton of BernRetained WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, IBO & The Ring Heavyweight titles.
Win 57–3 France Jean-Marc MormeckKO4 (12), 1:122012-03-03Germany Esprit Arena, Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-WestfalenRetained WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, IBO & The Ring Heavyweight titles.
Win 56–3 United Kingdom David HayeUD122011-07-02Germany Imtech Arena, Altona, HamburgWon WBA (Super) Heavyweight title.
Retained IBF, WBO, IBO & The Ring Heavyweight titles.
Win 55–3 Nigeria Samuel PeterKO10 (12), 1:222010-09-11Germany Commerzbank-Arena, Frankfurt, HessenRetained IBF, WBO, IBO & The Ring Heavyweight titles.
Win 54–3 United States Eddie ChambersKO12 (12), 2:552010-03-20Germany Esprit Arena, Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-WestfalenRetained IBF, WBO, IBO & The Ring Heavyweight titles.
Win 53–3 Uzbekistan Ruslan ChagaevRTD9 (12), 3:002009-06-20Germany Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen, Nordrhein-WestfalenWon vacant The Ring Heavyweight title.
Retained IBF, WBO & IBO Heavyweight titles.
Chagaev´s WBA Heavyweight title was not on the line.
Win 52–3 United States Hasim RahmanTKO7 (12), 0:442008-12-13Germany SAP Arena, Mannheim, Baden-WürttembergRetained IBF, WBO & IBO Heavyweight titles.
Win 51–3 United States Tony ThompsonKO11 (12), 1:382008-07-12Germany Color Line Arena, Altona, HamburgRetained IBF, WBO & IBO Heavyweight titles.
Win 50–3 Russia Sultan IbragimovUD122008-02-23United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New YorkWon WBO Heavyweight title.
Retained IBF & IBO Heavyweight titles.
Win 49–3 United States Lamon BrewsterRTD6 (12), 3:002007-07-07Germany Kölnarena, Cologne, Nordrhein-WestfalenRetained IBF & IBO Heavyweight titles.
Win 48–3 United States Ray AustinKO2 (12), 1:232007-03-10Germany SAP Arena, Mannheim, Baden-WürttembergRetained IBF & IBO Heavyweight titles.
Win 47–3 United States Calvin BrockTKO7 (12), 2:102006-11-11United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New YorkRetained IBF & IBO Heavyweight titles.
Win 46–3 United States Chris ByrdTKO7 (12), 0:412006-04-22Germany SAP Arena, Mannheim, Baden-WürttembergWon IBF & vacant IBO Heavyweight titles.
Win 45–3 Nigeria Samuel PeterUD122005-09-24United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New JerseyWon NABF & vacant WBO NABO Heavyweight titles.
IBF & WBO Heavyweight Title Eliminators.
Win 44–3 Cuba Eliseo CastilloTKO4 (10), 2:512005-04-23Germany Westfalenhallen, Dortmund, Nordrhein-Westfalen
Win 43–3 United States DaVarryl WilliamsonTD5 (10), 3:002004-10-02United States Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada
Loss 42–3 United States Lamon BrewsterTKO5 (12), 3:002004-04-10United States Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, NevadaFor vacant WBO Heavyweight title.
Win 42–2 United States Danell NicholsonTKO4 (12)2003-12-20Germany Ostseehalle, Kiel, Schleswig-HolsteinRetained WBA Inter-Continental Heavyweight title.
Win 41–2 Argentina Fabio Eduardo MoliKO1 (12), 1:492003-08-30Germany Olympiahalle, Munich, BayernWon vacant WBA Inter-Continental Heavyweight title.
Loss 40–2 South Africa Corrie SandersTKO2 (12), 0:272003-03-08Germany Preussag Arena, Hannover, NiedersachsenLost WBO Heavyweight title.
Win 40–1 United States Jameel McClineRTD10 (12), 3:002002-12-07United States Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, NevadaRetained WBO Heavyweight title.
Win 39–1 United States Ray MercerTKO6 (12), 1:082002-06-29United States Taj Majal Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New JerseyRetained WBO Heavyweight title.
Win 38–1 South Africa Francois BothaTKO8 (12), 0:472002-03-16Germany Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle, Stuttgart, Baden-WürttembergRetained WBO Heavyweight title.
Win 37–1 United States Charles ShuffordTKO6 (12), 2:552001-08-04United States Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, NevadaRetained WBO Heavyweight title.
Win 36–1 United States Derrick JeffersonTKO2 (12), 2:092001-03-24Germany Rudi-Sedlmayer-Halle, Munich, BayernRetained WBO Heavyweight title.
Win 35–1 United States Chris ByrdUD122000-10-14Germany Kölnarena, Cologne, Nordrhein-WestfalenWon WBO Heavyweight title.
Win 34–1 United States Monte BarrettTKO7 (10), 2:402000-07-15United Kingdom New London Arena, Millwall, London
Win 33–1 United States David BosticeTKO2 (12)2000-04-29United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New YorkRetained WBA Inter-Continental Heavyweight title.
Win 32–1 Tonga Paea WolfgrammKO1 (12), 1:302000-03-18Germany Alsterdorfer Sporthalle, Alsterdorf, HamburgWon vacant WBC International Heavyweight title.
Win 31–1 Hungary Lajos Eros KO2 (12), 2:351999-12-04Germany Stadionsporthalle, Hannover, NiedersachsenRetained WBA Inter-Continental & EBU Heavyweight title.
Win 30–1 United States Phil JacksonKO2 (10), 1:591999-11-12United States The Orleans Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 29–1 Germany Axel SchulzTKO8 (12), 2:421999-09-25Germany Kölnarena, Cologne, Nordrhein-WestfalenWon vacant EBU Heavyweight title.
Retained WBA Inter-Continental Heavyweight title.
Win 28–1 Zambia Joseph Chingangu RTD4 (12), 3:001999-07-17Germany Philips Halle, Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-WestfalenWon vacant WBA Inter-Continental Heavyweight title.
Win 27–1 United States Tony LaRosa TKO1 (10), 2:571999-05-22Hungary Sport Palace, Budapest, Central Hungary
Win 26–1 United States Everett MartinTKO8 (8)1999-04-24Germany Circus Krone, Munich, Bayern
Win 25–1 Montenegro Zoran Vujicic KO1 (8), 1:021999-02-13Germany Maritim Hotel, Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg
Loss 24–1 United States Ross PurittyTKO11 (12), 0:181998-12-05Ukraine Sports Palace, Kiev, Kiev OblastLost WBC International Heavyweight title.
Win 24–0 United States Donnell Wingfield KO1 (8)1998-11-14Germany Circus Krone, Munich, Bayern
Win 23–0 United States Eli Dixon KO3 (10)1998-10-03Germany Prinz-Garden Halle, Augsburg, Bayern
Win 22–0 United States Steve Pannell KO2 (10)1998-09-19Germany Arena Oberhausen, Oberhausen, Nordrhein-Westfalen
Win 21–0 United States Carlos Monroe TKO6 (10), 2:281998-08-06United States Grand Casino Avoyelles, Marksville, Louisiana
Win 20–0 United States Najee Shaheed KO1 (12)1998-07-10Germany Circus Krone, Munich, BayernRetained WBC International Heavyweight title.
Win 19–0 United States Cody Koch KO4 (12)1998-05-23Germany Oberrheinhalle, Offenburg, Baden-WürttembergRetained WBC International Heavyweight title.
Win 18–0 United States Everett MartinUD81998-03-14Germany Sporthalle, Wandsbek, Hamburg
Win 17–0 United States Marcus McIntyre KO3 (12)1998-02-14Germany Maritim Hotel, Stuttgart, Baden-WürttembergWon vacant WBC International Heavyweight title.
Win 16–0 United States Derrick Lampkins TKO1 (8)1997-12-20Germany Oberrheinhalle, Offenburg, Baden-Württemberg
Win 15–0 Slovakia Ladislav Husarik TKO3 (8)1997-12-13Germany Alsterdorfer Sporthalle, Alsterdorf, Hamburg
Win 14–0 United States Jerry HalsteadTKO2 (8)1997-12-06Germany Stadthalle, Offenbach, Hessen
Win 13–0 Mexico Marcos Gonzalez KO2 (8)1997-10-11Germany Stadthalle, Cottbus, Brandenburg
Win 12–0 United States James PritchardTKO3 (8)1997-09-20Germany Tivoli Eissporthalle, Aachen, Nordrhein-Westfalen
Win 11–0 Democratic Republic of the Congo Biko Botowamungu TKO5 (8), 2:021997-08-23Germany Maritim Hotel, Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg
Win 10–0 United States Gilberto Williamson TKO3 (8)1997-07-12Germany Berlethalle, Hagen, Nordrhein-Westfalen
Win 9–0 Mexico Salvador Maciel KO1 (8)1997-06-27Germany Oberrheinhalle, Offenburg, Baden-Württemberg
Win 8–0 United States Paul Ashley KO2 (8), 1:251997-06-13Germany Arena Oberhausen, Oberhausen, Nordrhein-Westfalen
Win 7–0 United States Mark Wills KO1 (8), 2:581997-05-10Germany Ballsporthalle, Frankfurt, Hessen
Win 6–0 United States Mark Young RTD2 (6), 3:001997-04-12Germany Eurogress, Aachen, Nordrhein-Westfalen
Win 5–0 United States Carlos Monroe DQ61997-02-15Germany Stadthalle, Cottbus, Brandenburg
Win 4–0 United States Troy Weida TKO3 (6), 0:361997-01-25Germany Maritim Hotel, Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg
Win 3–0 United States Bill Corrigan TKO1 (4), 1:211996-12-21Germany Zoo-Gesellschaftshaus, Frankfurt, Hessen
Win 2–0 United States Exum Speight TKO2 (4), 1:541996-11-30Austria Nova Arena, Wiener Neustadt, Niederösterreich
Win 1–0 Mexico Fabian Meza KO1 (4), 1:351996-11-16Germany Sporthalle, Wandsbek, HamburgProfessional debut.

Titles in boxing

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Minor World Titles:

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Regional/International Titles:


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  10. ^ Vladimir calls out Haye. Skysports.com. Retrieved on 19 June 2011.
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  20. ^ Thomas, Eric (9 June 2010). "Povetkin wants to fight Vladimir Klitschko in Moscow". BoxingNews24.com. http://www.boxingnews24.com/2010/06/povetkin-wants-to-fight-vladimir-klitschko-in-moscow/. Retrieved 10 June 2010. [dead link]
  21. ^ Kim, Jason (4 July 2010). "Klitschko vs. Povetkin in Frankfurt, Germany – News". BoxingNews24.com. http://www.boxingnews24.com/2010/07/klitschko-vs-povetkin-in-frankfurt-germany-news/. Retrieved 5 July 2010. 
  22. ^ "Klitschko vs Peter Details; Bowman vs Acevado Tops". BoxingScene.com. 30 July 2010. http://www.boxingscene.com/?m=show&id=29686. Retrieved 31 July 2010. 
  23. ^ Kim, Jason (29 July 2010). "Samuel Peter signs contract for fight against Vladimir Klitschko". BoxingNews24.com. http://www.boxingnews24.com/2010/07/samuel-peter-signs-contract-for-fight-against-vladimir-klitschko/. Retrieved 31 July 2010. [dead link]
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  25. ^ Chris Mannix, SI.com (8 December 2010). "Klitschko tears adbominal muscle, pulls out of Saturday title defense". SI.com. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/mma/boxing/12/08/klitschko.chisora.canceled/index.html. Retrieved 9 December 2010. 
  26. ^ Dan Rafael (9 December 2010). "Wladimir Klitschko withdraws from fight". ESPN.com. http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/boxing/news/story?id=5900377. Retrieved 9 December 2010. 
  27. ^ SkySports, SkySports.com (5 January 2011). "Chisora to get his chance". SkySports.com. http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,12040_6636366,00.html. Retrieved 5 January 2011. 
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  37. ^ Profielfoto's. Facebook. Retrieved on 25 November 2011.
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  40. ^ Klitschko KOs Thompson again. Fightnews.com (2012-07-07). Retrieved on 8 July 2012.
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  47. ^ (German) "Karolina ist ein ganz offenes Mädel". Bild.de. 26 August 2008. http://www.bild.de/sport/mehr-sport/wladimir-klitschko/karolina-ist-ein-ganz-offenes-maedel-5596232.bild.html. Retrieved 6 May 2011. 
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