Wladimir Klitschko

Wladimir developed his passion for boxing at the age of 14. Only three years later he was already European champion in his age division and started building a successful amateur career that included to be a five time boxing champion of Ukraine and a first place in the Military World Championships. But his outstanding achievement during his amateur career was the gold medal in the super heavyweight division during the Olympic games of 1996 in Atlanta.

Wladimir gave his professional debut on November 16th 1996 against poor Fabian Meza, who was knocked out already in the first round. On September 25th 1999 Wladimir battered a helpless Axel Schulz and became European Heavyweight Champion by knocking out the German in the eight round. He reached his ultimate goal to become Heavyweight Champion of the World by easily outpointing awkward WBO-Champion Chris Byrd on October 14th 2000. Five and a half years later Wladimir and Byrd faced each other in the ring again, this time battling for the IBO- and IBF-Belts. And again the Ukrainian dominated the fight, this time ending the night early and scoring a brutal TKO victory. On February 23rd 2008 Wladimir wrote a piece of boxing history by beating WBO-Champion Sultan Ibragimov over 12 rounds in the first unification bout in almost a decade.