Klitschko brothers

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Brothers Wladimir (left) and Vitali (right) Klitschko

Vitali Klitschko (born 19 July 1971) and Wladimir Klitschko (born 25 March 1976), collectively known as the Klitschko brothers are Ukrainian heavyweight boxers. The older brother Vitali retired from boxing in 2013 and became a politician in his native Ukraine.

Biography[edit]

From 2 July 2011 to 15 December 2013 all major recognized Heavyweight belts were in the Klitschko family

They reside in Germany,[contradiction] where they are media stars. Both brothers made their professional debut on November 6, 1996 in Hamburg. Since then both have been heavyweight world champions in boxing. They have stated they will never fight each other because of a promise they made to their mother.[1]

1999-2000: First Title Belts[edit]

In June 1999, Vitali Klitschko won the WBO Heavyweight title from Herbie Hide via second round knockout. He successfully defended the title twice before losing it to Chris Byrd. Six months later, younger brother Wladimir dethroned Byrd via lopsided points decision. He registered five successful title defenses, all by TKO until suffering an upset TKO loss to Corrie Sanders in March 2003.

2008-2012: Heavyweight Co-Dominance[edit]

After a series of injuries, Vitali had a career break of almost four years. In his comeback fight in Berlin on October 11, 2008 he defeated Samuel Peter to regain the title of WBC world heavyweight champion. At that time Wladimir was already world heavyweight champion with the WBO, IBF and IBO. That was the first time in history with two brothers world champions at the same time.[2][3] On July 2, 2011, Wladimir won the WBA Title, which means that the Klitschko brothers held all of the World Heavyweight Titles simultaneously for 2 years, 5 months & 13 days. Vitali retained the WBC Heavyweight Championship until 15 December 2013, relinquishing his belt in pursuit of his political aspirations in his native Ukraine.

The Klitschko brothers jointly run the professional boxing promotion companies "K2 Promotions" and "K2 East Promotions", as well as the "Klitschko Brothers Fund", a charity organization. They appear together on German TV shows and commercials, have a website klitschko.com shared between them, and support each other's training and fights.

2013-Present: Wladimir Dominance[edit]

After Vitali's retirement, Wladimir continued to reign as champion & successfully defend all remaining title belts with the exception of the WBC belt.

As of April 2015, they have a combined professional boxing record of 109 wins (94 KO's) and 5 defeats.

Timeline of Klitschkos' championship[edit]

Vitali Klitschko[edit]

Wladimir Klitschko[edit]

Recognition[edit]

Klitschko brothers on a 2010 Ukrainian stamp

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