Who is Vitali Klitschko?
Vitali Volodymyrovych Klitschko is a politician and former professional boxer from Ukraine. Since June 2014, he has been the mayor of Kyiv and the head of the Kyiv City State Administration. Klitschko used to be the leader of the Petro Poroshenko Bloc and a member of the Ukrainian Parliament. In 2005, he got involved in Ukrainian politics and worked as a professional boxer same time until 2013, when he quit the sport. He has a Ph.D. in physical science from the Physical Science Department at Kyiv University.
Vitali Klitschko Quick Information
|Real Name||Vitali Volodymyrovych Klitschko|
|Nick Name:||Dr. Ironfist|
|Birth Place:||Belovodskoe, Kyrgyzstan|
|Date Of Birth/Birthday:||19 July 1971|
|Age/How Old:||50 years old|
|Height/How Tall:||In Centimetres – 201 cm
In Feet and Inches – 6′ 7″
|Weight:||In Kilograms – 110 kg
In Pounds – 250 lbs.
|Hair Colour:||Dark brown|
|Education:||National Academy for Public Administration, National University of Physical Education and Sport of Ukraine, Pereyaslav-Khmelnytsky Pedagogical Institute, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv|
|Kids/Children Name:||Yegor-Daniel Klitschko, Max Klitschko, Elizabeth-Victoria Klitschko|
|Profession:||Mayor of Kiev|
|Net Worth:||$80 Million|
Vitali Klitschko Early Career
To begin his professional career, Klitschko did not compete in the heavyweight division. At the beginning of his kickboxing career, he competed as an amateur. He started out as an amateur, progressed to pro, and then made the move to heavyweight boxing. He first entered the ring in 1995, when he won the Superheavyweight class at the World Military Games in Italy. Later that year, he took home silver at the World Amateur Boxing Championships in Berlin. Vitali’s boxing career took a dramatic change at this point. Since then, his career has been on the upswing; he won the WBC title and successfully defended it against Tomasz Adamek through a technical knockout.
Why is Vitali Such a Sensation in the Boxing World?
In the boxing ring, Klitschko is a phenomenon. In all of his bouts, he’s only lost twice, and both times it was because of an ailment that hindered his performance. He’s the type of boxer who can keep going after taking a hard blow to the chin.
One of his assets is his resilience, making him extremely difficult to defeat. His ability to land powerful blows has earned him the moniker “Dr. Ironfist,” and he has earned it. He fights in a style that emphasizes physical fortitude and, barring extraordinary circumstances like the injuries he sustained in the ring in his younger days, rarely loses.
The Results He Achieved in the Ring
Vitali Klitschko moved through the ranks to become the third-ranked fighter in the world by winning the world combination boxing championships. Indeed, this is a remarkable accomplishment. He has won the heavyweight title three times and is second all-time in title defenses for the World Boxing Council.
Over the course of his career, he won just over 87% of his fights via knockout, a staggeringly high rate that substantiates the reputation he garnered for his devastating punches. Throughout his professional boxing career, Vitali has never been knocked down. In the ring, he maintains a firm stance.
His Post-professional Heavyweight Boxing Career
According to Forbes, Vitali is one of the top twenty highest-paid athletes in the sport of boxing. He retired from boxing after amassing a fortune through bout purses and other prize money because he wanted to pursue other interests. Again requiring hardness, but in a very different style and with a great deal more subtlety, Vitali Klitschko entered the political arena.
He currently holds the positions of both mayor of Kyiv and head of the Kyiv City State Administration. In addition to his several political posts, he has also worked as a leader for the Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform.
Substantial Shifts in His Working Life
Vitali Klitschko has proven to the world that he can pivot and adjust thanks to the many dramatic shifts he has made in his life. Former kickboxer turned heavyweight boxing champion who held three major titles for near record-breaking stretches. There are some parallels between the world of professional boxing and that of politics, in that both require a certain level of toughness (you have to be able to throw and take a punch without flinching) before entering the ring.
However, politics is a different arena altogether, one in which brains trump brawn. As a passionate chess player, Vitali possesses exceptional powers of focus and strategy. In the highly charged political arena in which he currently operates, his ability to plan ahead and anticipate his opponents’ moves early on is invaluable.
What is the Net Worth of Vitali Klitschko?
As a former heavyweight champion and current member of the Ukrainian parliament, Vitali Klitschko has amassed an estimated $80 million in wealth. Famous for his knockout power and his doctorate, Klitschko earned the nickname “Dr. Ironfirst” from his supporters before announcing his retirement from boxing in 2013. Multiple world heavyweight titles were among the many titles that Vitali won during his career.
He was the WBO champion from 1999 to 2000 and the WBC champion from 2004 to 2013. He won the world heavyweight championship by knocking out fifteen opponents. The Klitschko brothers, Vitali and Wladimir, have more victories between them than any other sibling or sister in the history of the world heavyweight championship. As a result of these developments, the years 2006-2015 have been nicknamed the “Klitschko Era.”
What belts has he won in boxing?
The following are some of Klitschko’s previous titles:
- Winner of the World Boxing Organization Heavyweight Title (2000)
- Champion of the World Boxing Council in the Heavyweight Division (2004–2005, 2008–2013, 2016–present)
- Heavyweight boxing champion of the Ring (2011)
- undisputed heavyweight king (2013)
- “Super” heavyweight champion of the World Boxing Association (2013–2015)
- Heavyweight champion of the IBF from 2013 to 2015
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