Volodymyr Klychko

Volodymyr Klychko

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Wladimir Klitschko is the first Ukrainian champion, who for several years in a row kept the palm of power in the heavyweight division of professional boxing, holding the titles in four prestigious versions - IBF, WBO, IBO and WBA, as well as holding The Ring magazine belt.

In the amateur ring Vladimir won 134 of his 140 fights. After winning the gold medal at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Wladimir Klitschko became the first light-skinned heavyweight Olympic champion in 36 years. This victory was marked with the Order "For Courage", which Vladimir was awarded by the President of Ukraine. In 1996, Vladimir together with Vitaliy began his professional career.

Wladimir's victories on the professional ring were so impressive that the most famous and popular athletes refused to have a fight with Klitschko for fear of losing. And the legend of German boxing, Axel Schulz, after his defeat by Wladimir, did not appear in the ring for 7 years.

To win and to defend the most authoritative titles in the boxing world Vladimir had to fight such famous and powerful fighters as Chris Bird, Charles Shufford, Ray Mercer, Jamil McLean.

On July 2, 2011, with the victory over Britain's David Haye, Vladimir fulfilled his and his brother's dream to win all the most prestigious heavyweight titles. After this victory, the WBA awarded Klitschko the title of United Champion.

Together with his brother Vitaly, Wladimir heads the charitable organization "Klitschko Brothers Foundation" and runs one of the most influential promoter companies in Eastern Europe - K2 Promotions.

On November 28, 2015 Vladimir suffered a sensational defeat from British boxer Tyson Fury by a unanimous decision of the judges. As a result, the Ukrainian lost all his championship belts. In 2016, the athletes will hold a rematch. Fury was forced to give up his IBF belt for the sake of a repeat fight against Klitschko. (According to http://www.klitschko.com

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