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*'''Vitali Klitschko''' (Ukrainian: ''Vitaliy Volodymyrovych Klychko''), is a former [[WBC Heavyweight Champion]].
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*'''Vitali Klitschko''' (Ukrainian: ''Vitaliy Volodymyrovych Klychko'') was [[WBO]], [[WBC]], and ''[[Ring Magazine|The Ring]]'' Heavyweight Champion.
 
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==Retirement==
 
==Retirement==
Klitschko announced his retirement on November 9, 2005, after undergoing knee surgery, which had postponed his scheduled November 12, 2005 title defense against [[Hasim Rahman]]. Klitschko had been plagued by injuries in 2005, having had to cancel two previous bouts with Rahman due to thigh and back problems. Following his third postponement, Klitschko had been given an ultimatum by the [[WBC]] to face Rahman within 60 days or have his title awarded to Rahman, who had become the interim champion. However, Klitschko was expected to have a recovery time of six months due to the knee surgery on his ligament.
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Klitschko announced his retirement on November 9, 2005, after undergoing knee surgery, which had postponed his November 12, 2005 fight with Hasim Rahman for the WBC and ''The Ring'' Heavyweight Titles.  
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The fight had been postponed four times in 2005. The fight was originally scheduled for April 30, but was postponed when Klitschko pulled a muscle in his upper thigh while jogging. The fight was rescheduled for June 18, but pushed back again because the thigh muscle wasn't fully healed. The next date, July 23, had to be changed after Klitschko had minor back surgery. The final postponement occurred after Klitschko injured his knee while sparring. Promoter [[Bob Arum]] said the fight could be rescheduled for March 2006, but Klitschko, frustrated by his injuries, decided to retire.
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At the WBC gala on December 20, 2005, Klitschko was appointed "Champion Emeritus" by the WBC, a status which allowed him to become the WBC mandatory challenger when he later announced his intention to return to the ring in 2007.  
  
 
== Political Aspirations ==
 
== Political Aspirations ==
Klitschko has expressed a desire to enter politics in his native country, Ukraine. He ran for mayor of Kiev and parliament in the Ukrainian elections on March 26, 2006.  
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Klitschko ran for mayor of Kiev and parliament in the Ukrainian elections on March 26, 2006. He campaigned on an anti-corruption platform.
  
 
Klitschko is a supporter of current Ukranian president Viktor Yushchenko and his party, ''Our Ukraine''. Klitschko was seen at Yushchenko's side during the 2004 Orange Revolution, which ultimately resulted in Yushchenko's election as president.  
 
Klitschko is a supporter of current Ukranian president Viktor Yushchenko and his party, ''Our Ukraine''. Klitschko was seen at Yushchenko's side during the 2004 Orange Revolution, which ultimately resulted in Yushchenko's election as president.  
  
Preliminary results indicated that Klitschko received 22% of the vote for mayor in the election; placing him in a tie for 2nd with incumbent mayor Oleksandr Omelchenko, but trailing lawmaker Leonid Chernovetskiy, who received 30%. Klitschko's aspirations for parliament were also unsuccessful, as his party appeared to have received less than the 3% necessary to earn representation in the new parliament.
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Klitschko received 26% of the vote in the mayoral election. He was ahead of incumbent mayor Oleksandr Omelchenko, but trailed businessman Leonid Chernovetskiy. Klitschko's aspirations for parliament were also unsuccessful, as his party received less than 3% of the vote, which was necessary to earn representation in parliament. However, Klitschko was elected as a people's deputy to Kiev City Council.
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Klitschko has announced that he will again run for mayor of Kiev.
  
 
==Amateur Highlights==
 
==Amateur Highlights==
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== Miscellaneous Info ==  
 
== Miscellaneous Info ==  
 
*Brother of fellow boxer [[Wladimir Klitschko]]
 
*Brother of fellow boxer [[Wladimir Klitschko]]
*Son of an Ukrainian Army General
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*Son of an Air Force Colonel
 
*Before his boxing career, Klitschko was a kickboxing world champion  
 
*Before his boxing career, Klitschko was a kickboxing world champion  
 
*Earned a Ph.D. in Sports Science
 
*Earned a Ph.D. in Sports Science
  
 
== Sources ==
 
== Sources ==
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*[http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/boxing/news/story?id=2216803 Arum: New dates in March ideal]
 
*[http://www.saddoboxing.com/2433-vitali-klitschko-retires-boxing-surgery.html Vitali Klitschko Retires From Boxing Following Surgery]
 
*[http://www.saddoboxing.com/2433-vitali-klitschko-retires-boxing-surgery.html Vitali Klitschko Retires From Boxing Following Surgery]
 
*[http://blog.kievukraine.info/2006/03/klitschko-concedes-defeat-in-kiev.html Klitschko Concedes Defeat In Kiev Mayoral Race]
 
*[http://blog.kievukraine.info/2006/03/klitschko-concedes-defeat-in-kiev.html Klitschko Concedes Defeat In Kiev Mayoral Race]
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*[http://www.boxingdaily.co.uk/former-champion-klitschko-to-make-comeback/ Former champion Klitschko to make comeback]
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*[http://en.rian.ru/world/20070519/65744787.html Vitali Klitschko announces second run for Kiev mayor]
  
 
== External Links ==
 
== External Links ==

Revision as of 05:21, 15 July 2008

Vitali Klitschko

Name: Vitali Klitschko
Alias: Dr. Ironfist
Birth Name: Vitali Volodymyrovych Klitschko
Born: 1971-07-19
Birthplace: Belovodskoye, Kyrgyzstan
Hometown: Kiev, Ukraine
Stance: Orthodox
Height: 6′ 7″   /   201cm
Reach: 79″   /   201cm
Boxing Record: click

Trainer: Fritz Sdunek
Manager: Self
Cut Man: Joe Souza

  • Vitali Klitschko (Ukrainian: Vitaliy Volodymyrovych Klychko) was WBO, WBC, and The Ring Heavyweight Champion.


Retirement

Klitschko announced his retirement on November 9, 2005, after undergoing knee surgery, which had postponed his November 12, 2005 fight with Hasim Rahman for the WBC and The Ring Heavyweight Titles.

The fight had been postponed four times in 2005. The fight was originally scheduled for April 30, but was postponed when Klitschko pulled a muscle in his upper thigh while jogging. The fight was rescheduled for June 18, but pushed back again because the thigh muscle wasn't fully healed. The next date, July 23, had to be changed after Klitschko had minor back surgery. The final postponement occurred after Klitschko injured his knee while sparring. Promoter Bob Arum said the fight could be rescheduled for March 2006, but Klitschko, frustrated by his injuries, decided to retire.

At the WBC gala on December 20, 2005, Klitschko was appointed "Champion Emeritus" by the WBC, a status which allowed him to become the WBC mandatory challenger when he later announced his intention to return to the ring in 2007.

Political Aspirations

Klitschko ran for mayor of Kiev and parliament in the Ukrainian elections on March 26, 2006. He campaigned on an anti-corruption platform.

Klitschko is a supporter of current Ukranian president Viktor Yushchenko and his party, Our Ukraine. Klitschko was seen at Yushchenko's side during the 2004 Orange Revolution, which ultimately resulted in Yushchenko's election as president.

Klitschko received 26% of the vote in the mayoral election. He was ahead of incumbent mayor Oleksandr Omelchenko, but trailed businessman Leonid Chernovetskiy. Klitschko's aspirations for parliament were also unsuccessful, as his party received less than 3% of the vote, which was necessary to earn representation in parliament. However, Klitschko was elected as a people's deputy to Kiev City Council.

Klitschko has announced that he will again run for mayor of Kiev.

Amateur Highlights

Amateur Record: 210 Fights, 195 Wins (80 inside the distance)

Miscellaneous Info

  • Brother of fellow boxer Wladimir Klitschko
  • Son of an Air Force Colonel
  • Before his boxing career, Klitschko was a kickboxing world champion
  • Earned a Ph.D. in Sports Science

Sources

External Links

Klitschko Brothers Official Website


Preceded by:
Herbie Hide
WBO Heavyweight Champion
1999 Jun 26 – 2000 Apr 1
Succeeded by:
Chris Byrd
Preceded by:
Lennox Lewis
Retired
WBC Heavyweight Champion
2004 Apr 24 – 2005 Nov 9
Retired
Succeeded by:
Hasim Rahman