Wladimir Klitschko or nicknamed as “Dr. Steelhammer” is a Ukrainian Heavyweight boxer who was born on March 25, 1976 in Semipalatinsk, Kazakhstan. His father is Vladimir Rodionovich, and his mother Nadezhda Ulyanovna. He speaks four different languages such as English, Russian, Ukrainian and German. He is also an Olympian representing his country at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, and won the gold medal in the Super Heavyweight division.
Before he became a professional heavyweight boxer, he was able to compete as an amateur in several bouts. After he turned professional, he competed and won the WBO Heavyweight Championships in October 2000, defeating American Chris Byrd. He successfully defended the title six times from October 2004 to December 2002. All six defenses were won by the technical knockout, bringing down Derrick Jefferson, Charles Shufford, Francois Botha, Ray Mercer and Jameel McCline. However, he came to a disappointing period in his defense of the title. By March 2003, he fought against Corrie Sanders of South Africa.
By April 2006, Klitschko won the IBF, IBO heavyweight title. He defeated Chris Byrd for the second time. And presently, he is still holding the belt. His last defense was June 2009, where he defeated Ruslan Chagaev from the Republic of Uzbekistan. The match was held in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.
Aside from boxing, this Ukrainian boxer also enjoy playing chess, wind-surfing, and golf. He is also active in his humanitarian projects together with his brother. He is also involved in the entertainment industry. He had a small role in Lennox Lewis’ “Ocean Eleven”.
In 2010, Klitschko was set to go against Dereck Chisora on the 11th of December, but was called off a few days before the date due to an injury Klitschko was suffering. His record is currently at 59 matches fought, with 56 victories, 49 via KO, and 3 losses. Klitschko is set to go against Jean Marc Mormeck in Dusseldorf at the Esprit Arena on December 2011.
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