Today, March 25, the two-time world heavyweight champion and member of the “Hall of Fame”, Ukrainian Vladimir Klitschko (64-5-0, 53 KO) celebrated 45 years.
Vladimir made his professional debut in November 1996 in Germany, where he will spend most of his performances.
Already in March 2000, with a record 34-1 (31 KO), he entered the first championship fight, outboxing American Chris Byrd (31-1-0, 19 KO) * in twelve rounds and winning the WBO belt, which he lost at the beginning 2003 in a fight with South African Corey Sanders (38-2-0, 28 KO).
The second title attempt was unsuccessful for Vladimir – in April 2004 he challenged the same vacant WBO belt, losing ahead of schedule to American Lymon Brewster (29-2-0, 26 KO), whose defeat would be his last before ten years of triumph.
In April 2006, Vladimir fought for the title for the third time, again defeating Chris Byrd and taking away the IBF belt from him, to which in February 2008, after defeating the undefeated Russian Sultan Ibragimov (22-0-1, 17 KO), the WBO belt was also added.
After victories over Tony Thompson, Hasim Rahman, Ruslan Chagaev, Eddie Chambers and Samuel Peter in July 2011, Vladimir clashed in a unification battle with British puncher David Haye (25-1-0, 23 KO), taking the WBA belt away from him and finally confirming himself in the status of the hegemon of the division.
Klitschko’s reign ended in November 2015, when, after convincing victories over five unbeaten challengers, he lost to the shocking British giant Tyson Fury (24-0-0, 18 KO), who inflicted his first and, as it turned out, the only defeat by a judge’s decision.
Vladimir returned to the ring after a year and a half in England and in a duel for the WBA and IBF titles gave a fight to the mega-promoted Briton Anthony Joshua (18-0-0, 18 KO), becoming the first person to knock him down, but lost by technical knockout and announced retirement.
* all records at the time of the fight with Klitschko