The appearance on the world Boxing stage two English brothers-heavyweights from the former Soviet Union quickly turned into a business card a little more known in the 1990s Ukraine.
The face of a new country
Western promoters quickly appreciated the opportunities from the promotion of a new brand. By the late 1990s, Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko received the image of the invincible brothers-the Slavs, who broke the dominance of black athletes in Boxing the heavyweight division, reports Rus.Media…
And let the first victory in the ring for Klitschko heavyweights forged in Germany against the so-called “bags”, this does not detract from their level, class, and stardom. Just in the sport millions fees rules, strategy, and planning. The national anthem of Ukraine before the fight and the yellow-blue flag over the heads of the brothers after another victory in that time was almost the main reason to be proud of every Ukrainian for their country.
It is worth noting that at the time of joining professional Boxing Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko won all possible titles in less popular and profitable kick-Boxing. And Vladimir Klitschko won the first independent Ukrainian Olympic gold medals in Boxing in Atlanta in 1996.
The first of the brothers Klitschko world champion in professional Boxing was Vitaly in 1999 after defeating Englishman Herbie Hyde. Vladimir in the conquest of world championship, behind older brother is only a year – in October 2000 he received the title after defeating American Chris Byrd. Since then, we should start the countdown uncontested domination of the Klitschko brothers in the Boxing world. The defeat happened, but one of the two has consistently remained the world champion, and the other eventually regained the highest title.
Vladimir Klitschko in the ring (Facebook)
Peak athletic shape and reach of the competitors came for the brothers Klitschko in July 2011, when Wladimir Klitschko after his victory over David Haye has won five championship belts. Of the four most prestigious in the world of Boxing trophies in his collection there were three (WBO, IBF, WBA), plus another belt under version WBC Vitaly was conquered.
The way Wladimir Klitschko to absolute title
In order to gather in their hands all (except for one belt by the WBC, which was owned by Vitaly) championship belt, Vladimir took 11 years. From 2000 to 2011, Klitschko step by step went to the top of the world of professional Boxing.
How it was:
October 2000. In Cologne Vladimir came boxed in against the current champion for the WBO title to Chris Byrd. 12 rounds and the victory of the Ukrainian on points. Detail: a few months before this fight Byrd defeated Vitali Klitschko, so the October meeting took place under the motto “brother for brother”.
March 2003. Wladimir Klitschko loses his WBO belt. The unexpected defeat of the Ukrainian champion struck a South African police officer Corey Sanders. Technical knockout in the second round. Detail: in September 2012 Corrie Sanders was killed from gunshot wounds protecting his 15-year-old daughter.
Wladimir Klitschko is the owner of championship belts (Facebook)
April 2004. A second unsuccessful attempt to Wladimir Klitschko to regain the WBO belt. This time Klitschko lost to American Lyman Brewster with a technical knockout in the sixth round. The battle took place in Las Vegas.
April 2006. Win over Chris Byrd in the seventh round brought Klitschko two champion belts under versions IBF and IBO.
February 2008. Klitschko added a third belt to his collection. In the new York match, the Ukrainian was stronger than Russian Sultan Ibragimov. 12 rounds, winning on points.
June 2009. A champion belt under the version of the IBC went to Vladimir after winning by TKO over Uzbek Ruslan Chagaev. The rival could not stand more than nine rounds.
July 2011. The latter has no belt under version WBA in the hands of Vladimir after his victory over David Haye. The battle took place on 2 July.
Shake hands and take pictures with the Klitschko brothers have long become prestigious among Ukrainian politicians and businessmen. The photograph with the brothers under the glass is still decorated with hundreds of precious and important offices throughout Ukraine.
For a long time it was thought that Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko not interested in politics, limited to sport, charity and patriotism of the General structure. Among our friends, our Champions, and there were representatives from different, sometimes opposing political camps.
Wladimir Klitschko in training (Facebook)
But then came 2004-the year started in Ukraine’s “Orange revolution” and the brothers of the world have announced their support for the Ukrainian Maidan. Since Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko in the political field associated with the Pro-European liberal democracy in Ukraine. The only difference is that the older brother decided to plunge into a political career personally, and the youngest only supports certain initiatives.
A new beginning
“Vitaly found himself in politics. He will now be dealing with it until the grave. With this hook he will not jump. He was there enough of adrenaline, probably, it there even more than in sports. You must be careful, disciplined, flexible. I also have to find something equally interesting, and I hope this will find you and I will be disappointed,” said one Wladimir Klitschko in an interview with Sport-Express.
And while Ukraine and the world escorted the 41-year-old Wladimir Klitschko – no, not for retirement, it’s silly to use this word for our champion – in a new life. On a professional ring he spent 69 fights in which he won 64 of victory (53 Ko) and suffered five defeats. Wladimir Klitschko will forever remain an Olympic champion 1996, world champion under versions of the world Boxing organization (WBO, 2000-2003, 2008-2015), the International Boxing Federation (IBF, 2006-2015), the world Boxing Association (WBA 2011-2015) in the heavyweight division.