|Capital:||€ 55 million|
|Country of origin:||Kazakhstan|
|Source of wealth:||Professional boxes|
Vladimir Klitschko is a former Ukrainian boxer. He is the younger of the Klitschko brothers and a former heavyweight world champion in boxing. He is often referred to in the media as “Dr. Steelhammer ”.
Vladimir Klitschko was born in Volodymyr Wolodymyrowytsch Klytschko and is of Ukrainian descent. He was born on March 25th, 1973 in the Kazakh city of Semipalatinsk in the former Soviet Union. In his childhood he attended the Gagarin School in the Czech city of Letná, to which his brother Vitali also went. After graduating from school, Klitschko studied sports science and philosophy at the Hryhorij Skoworoda University in Perejaslaw-Khmelnyzkyj in Ukraine. In 2001 he received his doctorate in sports science from the National Taras Shevchenko University in Kiev, with “Pedagogical Control in Sport” as the subject of his dissertation. Wladimir Klitschko started dealing with boxing very early. In 1990, at the age of 14, he started his career as an athlete.
Klitschko already won 112 fights as an amateur boxer and had only 6 defeats. In 1996 Klitschko enjoyed his greatest success as an amateur: he was awarded the gold medal at the Olympic Games in Atlanta.
In 1996 Klitschko was signed as a professional boxer at Universum Box-Promotion. In the first two years, he already completed 24 professional fights. This was followed by many other successful fights, such as that between 2000 and 2003 for the WBO title, during which he gained fame both in Germany and internationally. His successful career made Klitschko the successor of Lennox Lewis, who was long number 1 in heavyweight boxing.
A small break in his career caused his defeat in 2003 against Corrie Sanders, which ushered in a two-year crisis for the Ukrainian, but which he was able to overcome. A while later, Wladimir Klitschko and his brother Vitali Klitschko set a new, unprecedented title record by both becoming heavyweight title holders at the same time.
Wladimir Klitschko was able to arm himself with his victories for a long time, until he lost to the British Tyson Fury in November 2015, who took the world title from him. When another defeat against Anthony Joshua followed in April 2017, Wladimir Klitschko announced the end of his career.
In addition to his boxing career, Klitschko can also be found in advertising or in the cinema: he has already appeared in films such as “Ocean’s Eleven” in 2001, “Keinohrhasen” in 2007 and “Zweiohrküken”. In his film appearances, he mostly appears as himself or as a fictional boxer.
With 54 fights won and 5 losses, Wladimir Klitschko can look back on a very successful boxing career. It is difficult to list the successes in his career that have led to his breakthrough. Klitschko has trained and fought for years to be in the position where he ended up. One of his career highlights includes his win against the British David Haye, who was a boxing icon for a long time. Another breakthrough in his career may be that the press eventually decided that Klitschko had no opponents to take on.
Klitschko has won several awards, medals and trophies throughout his career. In 1993 he was crowned Junior European Heavyweight Champion in the Greek city of Thessaloniki. Klitschko was also able to receive numerous other sports awards such as prizes for his acting achievements such as the German TV Award and the Bambi during his career. For many years he was the number 1 in boxing heavyweight in specialist magazines and various ranking lists.
“It’s a long way from nothing to everything, it’s just a stop from everything to nothing.” With this quote, Wladimir Klitschko wants to show that he fought for years to become a successful boxing world champion. In addition, it should be a lot easier to end his career overnight, which he did in 2007.
In an interview with T-online, Vladimir Klitschko once said frighteningly that he never loved boxing, that he only appropriated the role of professional boxer and that he was not born a boxer. Klitschko is said to have been more concerned with traveling, for which he used boxing as a means to an end. After graduating from school, he had the choice of studying medicine or sports and opted for sports because he was said to have seen more freedom.
Another astonishing fact is that Klitschko is a hobby magician. He put his skills on German television shows like TV-Total, Wetten, dass ..? and stars in the ring demonstrated.
Klitschko is also an author. In 2018, his first book “Challenge Management” was published in the English version, which was also published in the languages Ukrainian, Bulgarian, German and Japanese. It is a non-fiction book in which Klitschko explains how he came to his inner attitude.