Having never been knocked down, Vitali Klitschko is widely regarded as the tougher fighter of the two. His 87% knockout percentage is one of the best knockout-to-fight ratios of any champion in heavyweight boxing history.
Vitali is a better fighter than Wladimir. BO, IBF, WBO and Ring Magazine titlist “Dr. Steelhammer” Wladimir Klitschko and his older brother, WBC titlist Vitali, are two of the preeminent heavyweights in the annals of boxing.
Fury was declared the winner by unanimous decision. This ended Klitschko's reign of nearly 10 years, the second longest in heavyweight history.
For many years both Klitschkos have refused to stray from the well-trodden line that they would never fight one another because their mother would never allow it. For once, however, Wladimir ventured off message. “We would have to talk to our mother again,” he said.
On paper, Wladimir Klitschko should be regarded as one of the greatest heavyweight champions of all time. He fought in a record 29 heavyweight championship fights and successfully defended at least one version of the title 23 times, including 18 straight during his second reign, which covered nine years.
Klitschko fought in 29 world heavyweight title fights, more than any other boxer in history. As of August 2021, BoxRec ranks Wladimir as the ninth greatest pound-for-pound fighter of all time and third greatest European fighter of all time.
British boxer Lennox Lewis stopped him on cuts in a thrilling defense of the WBC heavyweight title on June 21, 2003. Following Lewis's retirement, Klitschko captured the vacant WBC championship, but a series of injuries induced him to announce his retirement on November 9, 2005, after having made only one defense.
Klitschko brothers are not twins. They were born five years apart. Vitali Klitschko is 50 years old while Wladimir Klitschko is 45 years old.
You cannot put it all together as a representation of the sport of boxing. He's an imbecile champion.” Their rivalry worsened when Fury pulled out of the rematch twice as his life spiralled out of control. The second fight never happened as a result and the pair share bitterness towards each other to this day.
On October 16, 2010 Briggs fought for the WBC heavyweight title against Vitali Klitschko in the O2 World at Hamburg, the fight billed as 'Thunderstorm'. During the fight Briggs took a severe beating and after the fight, went down in his quarters. Briggs lost a clear unanimous decision 120–107, 120–107, and 120–105.
While still recognized as the legitimate heavyweight world champion, Lewis announced his retirement in 2004 with a record of 41 wins (32 by knockout), 2 losses, and 1 draw.
Did you know that Wladimir Klitschko has a highest academic university degree and speaks four languages: Ukrainian, Russian, English and German.
Klitschko lost for the first time on April 1, 2000, when he suffered a torn rotator cuff during a bout with American Chris Byrd, which resulted in a technical knockout defeat. British boxer Lennox Lewis stopped him on cuts in a thrilling defense of the WBC heavyweight title on June 21, 2003.
1. Canelo Alvarez. The King still wears the crown. In his fevered pursuit of history—unlike way too many others in the sport—Canelo Alvarez added yet another indelible mark to his legacy by becoming the sixth undisputed champion in the four-belt era with his 11th round KO of Caleb Plant Nov.
Vitali Klitschko is leaving boxing to concentrate on Ukrainian politics and his role as an opposition leader. Klitschko vacated his WBC world heavyweight title on Monday and said he doesn't expect to fight again as he pursues a presidential bid in his home country.
Wladimir Klitschko, who earned his PhD in 2001, sees himself as a pioneer transferring his knowledge and experience from over 25 years as a professional athlete to different areas of life.
'Klitschko': Brothers And Boxers Who Fight Hard, But Never Each Other. Vitali (left) and Wladimir (right) Klitschko pose together after Wladimir's victory over David Haye in July 2011 to win the WBA heavyweight title.
Revealed: Vitali Klitschko Knocked Down Twice - Boxing News.
Boxing is used to seeing siblings compete in the sport — but never against each other. The heavyweight division was previously ruled by the iconic Klitschko brothers.
Vitali Klitschko, billed as Battle of the Titans, was a heavyweight professional boxing match contested between WBC, IBO, and The Ring champion Lennox Lewis and former WBO champion Vitali Klitschko.
What matters are results, and Klitschko's are some of the best ever. Klitschko won 45 of 47 professional prizefights and 41 of them by knockout. He held the WBC heavyweight title from 2003 to 2004 and again from 2008 to 2012. The record books will show Klitschko as one of the most dominant champions in boxing history.