Vitali Klitschko
Personal information
Real name: Vitali Volodymyrovych Klychko
Nickname(s): Dr. Ironfist
Nationality: Ukrainian
Date of birth: (1971-07-19) 19 July 1971 (age 46)
Place of birth: Belovodsk, Kirghiz SSR (now Kyrgyzstan)
Personal Statistics
Rated at: Heavyweight
Reach: 201 cm (Script error in)
Boxing career information

Vitali Volodymyrovych Klitschko (/vɨˈtæli ˈklɪk/; Ukrainian: Віта́лій Володи́мирович Кличко́, [ʋiˈtɑʎiɪ̯ klɪtʃˈkɔ]; born 19 July 1971) is a Ukrainian professional boxer and the reigning WBC heavyweight champion. He is leader of the political party Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform and since 15 December 2012, a member of the Ukrainian parliament.[1][2][3][4] He previously held the WBO and WBC titles. Klitschko is the first professional boxing world champion to hold a PhD degree.

Klitschko is known for his powerful punches and durable chin. With a 87.23% knockout percentage rate, he holds the second best knockout-to-fight ratio of any champion in heavyweight boxing history, after Rocky Marciano's 87.76% and currently the 9th longest reigning Heavyweight Champion of all time. He has never been knocked down in any professional boxing bout and has also never lost a decision. His two losses have come via a shoulder injury during a fight and a deep cut above his eye, which were recorded as TKO losses. In both fights, however, he was leading on the scorecards. His power and his possession of a PhD have led to his nickname, Dr. Ironfist.

He was awarded Germany's highest civilian award, the Federal Cross of Merit, for his varied accomplishments.[5] On 27 February 2012, Ring Magazine rated Vitali as the number nine pound-for-pound boxer in the world.

Klitschko's younger brother, Wladimir Klitschko, is the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, IBO and The Ring World Heavyweight Champion.

Kickboxing Edit

Originally Klitschko was an amateur kickboxer. In 1992 he was knocked out by a spin kick to the jaw[6] in the final of the European Kickboxing Championships +89 kg light contact division by Englishman Pelé Reid.[dubious ] In 1993 he defeated Ryushi Yanagisawa in the Japanese mixed martial arts promotion Pancrase under WKA Special Rules (no low kicks) via R5 decision. In 1994 he defeated Richard Vince by second round KO to retain his ISKA World Super Heavyweight title.Vince was out for at least 3 minutes.[7] In 1996 he turned professional and compiled a record of 34–1 with 22 knockouts. He was a world champion six times (professional and amateur).[8]

Boxing career Edit

Klitschko won the Super Heavyweight Championship at the first World Military Games in Italy in 1995. Vitali won the silver medal at the 1995 World Amateur Boxing Championships in Berlin, Germany, where he was defeated by Russia's Alexei Lezin in the final. In his autobiography, published in Germany in 2004, the boxer revealed that he tested positive for a banned steroid in 1996. He attributed the presence of the drug to treatment of a leg injury but was dismissed from the Ukrainian boxing team and missed the Atlanta Olympics.[9] His brother Wladimir moved up from heavyweight to super heavyweight to take his place in the squad and won the Olympic gold medal. His amateur record was 195–15 with 80 knockouts.

Klitschko vs. Hide: First Heavyweight title Edit

Klitschko began his professional boxing career in 1996, winning his first twenty-four fights by either early knockout or technical knockout (TKO). He and Wladimir signed with the German athlete-promotion company Universum. With both brothers holding PhDs and being multilingual, their refined and articulate personalities made for mainstream marketability when they moved to Germany and Universum. In time, they became national celebrities in their adopted home country. In his 25th pro fight, on 26 June 1999, Klitschko won the WBO Heavyweight title from Herbie Hide of the United Kingdom by a second round knockout.

He successfully defended the title twice. He defeated Ed Mahone by knockout in the third round and beat Obed Sullivan, who retired after the ninth round.

Klitschko vs. Byrd Edit

By April 2000 Vitali Klitschko was unbeaten and one of the top stars in the heavyweight division and a prime candidate to be the next Undisputed Champion.[citation needed] He had won all 27 of his contests by knockout. On 1 April, Klitschko had a third title defense against the American Chris Byrd, who was a late replacement. Byrd made himself a difficult target and tried to thwart Klitschko's offense by being elusive. Klitschko won most of the rounds and was heading towards a comprehensive points victory when he suffered a serious shoulder injury. After the ninth round, Klitschko notified his corner that he had a shoulder pain and threw in the towel, thus handing Klitschko his first defeat and awarding Byrd the win by technical knockout. At the time of the stoppage, Klitschko had a lead on all three judges' scorecards (89–82, and 88–83 twice). Klitschko, who was later diagnosed with a torn rotator cuff, received much criticism for quitting the fight.

Klitschko rebounded from his loss to Byrd by reeling off five victories in a row, earning himself a shot at WBC Heavyweight Champion Lennox Lewis on 21 June 2003 in Los Angeles.

Klitschko vs. Lewis Edit

Klitschko, a 4–1 underdog, dominated the early going with many harder punches. He stunned Lewis in the second round with two hard rights, leaving a cut under on Lennox's left eye.[10] In the third, Lewis landed a big right hand that opened a deep cut above Klitschko's left eye.[10] Lewis began to specifically target Vitali's cut. In the fourth round at 1:23, Lennox threw some body shots in a clinch. The referee told them to separate several times before actually separating them himself. This happened again at :33, with Jim Lampley saying, "Lewis taking advantage of the clinch to pound Vitali Klitschko to the belly." After the fourth round, Emanuel Steward, Lewis' trainer, could be heard telling Lewis, "One thing, you're pushing him all the time now. Keep pushing your weight on him, all while you're inside clinching." Klitschko was able to rally and Lewis, who had weighed in at his career heaviest for the fight, was breathing heavily after a few rounds. Perhaps the most controversial part came in round 5 at 2:12. Lampley commented throughout, "And good professional work by Lewis against the ribcage. As Vitali takes it, takes it, takes it, takes it! And referee Lou Moret just looks on!" George Foreman replied, "I don't know how the referee can let that holding and hitting go on." Larry Merchant told Foreman, "One punch, one hand is open. And you're allowed to do that, George-" "You can not hold and hit! If one guy's holding you, you have to break it!" Foreman told Merchant. Both men traded big shots, and in the sixth Lewis got through with a hard uppercut. As the sixth round was ending, Lewis punched Klitschko's injured eye twice in another clinch. Before the seventh round, the ringside doctor inspected the wound and deemed it severe enough to threaten eye damage if struck again, stopping the fight despite Klitschko's pleas to continue. Klitschko was ahead on all three judges' scorecards 58–56 (4 rounds to 2) at the time of the stoppage, but because the wound was a result of punches from Lewis, Lewis won by technical knockout.[10]

Lampley referred to the crowd's reaction, "You heard the response to the stoppage: Almost universal booing in the house." Klitschko, despite the loss, gained international respect for fighting so well against the Heavyweight Champion for 6 rounds. Negotiations for a 6 December rematch began.[11] After negotiations collapsed, Vitali defeated Kirk Johnson in a WBC Eliminator bout on 6 December date,[12] setting up a mandatory rematch with Lewis. In January 2004, the WBC announced that it would strip Lewis of the belt if he let pass a 15 March deadline to sign for a rematch with Vitali.[13] Shortly thereafter, Lewis announced his retirement and vacated the title. For years after this fight, Klitschko would still occasionally call out Lewis, despite the fact that Lewis has been retired since early 2004, for a rematch.[14]

Around this time, the Klitschko brothers moved from Hamburg, Germany to Los Angeles.

In January 2004, they notified Universum that they would not re-sign when their contracts expired in April. Universum sued the brothers, arguing that their recent injuries had triggered a clause binding them beyond April. The suit was ultimately resolved in favor of the Klitschkos in November 2009.[15]

Klitschko vs. Sanders: Second Heavyweight Title Edit

Klitschko faced South African Corrie Sanders on 24 April 2004, for the World Boxing Council heavyweight championship and the The Ring belts that had been vacated by Lewis. Sanders had stopped younger brother Wladimir in the second round (TKO) on 8 March 2003. Klitschko was rocked in round one by Sanders, but by using upper-body movement and accurate punching he broke down Sanders, forcing referee Jon Schorle to stop the bout. Vitali landed 60% of his power punches.

Klitschko vs. Williams Edit

Vitali Klitschko's first WBC title defense was against British boxer Danny Williams. Williams had become suddenly marketable from a KO over Mike Tyson in round 4. Klitschko scored a technical knockout against Williams in 8 rounds on 11 December 2004, while wearing an orange cloth to show support for the Ukrainian presidential opposition movement. Klitschko knocked Williams down in the 1st, 3rd, 7th, and 8th rounds before the fight was stopped. Immediately afterward, Klitschko dedicated his victory to democracy in his native Ukraine and also to the Ukrainian presidential candidate Viktor Yushchenko, whom he supported in the 26 December 2004, election revote.[16]


Original retirement Edit

On 9 November 2005, Vitali Klitschko announced his retirement from professional boxing and vacated his title. He had been training to fight Hasim Rahman, but unfortunately, just 9 days before the fight, he had entangled his leg with his sparring partner, causing them to fall heavily. He snapped his anterior cruciate ligament, a very serious injury, which would take up to a year to heal, with surgery, and possibly would be career ending. To avoid keeping the title out of use, he retired. The WBC was grateful for his consideration. On other occasions he cited regrets about his suddenly mounting injuries, a desire to leave the sport while still on top and political aspirations in his home country of Ukraine.[17] Following his retirement, the WBC conferred "champion emeritus" status on Klitschko, and assured him he would become the mandatory challenger if and when he decided to return.[18]

He announced his comeback in the 24 January 2007 edition of the German newspaper Bild-Zeitung, and requested that he be allowed to fight again.

Klitschko vs. Peter: Third Heavyweight Title Edit

On 3 August 2008, the WBC awarded Klitschko a chance to regain his WBC Heavyweight title. After Vitali's retirement, his younger brother had established dominance in the division, winning two of the four world titles available. The reigning WBC Champion was Samuel Peter (who had lost a close decision to Wladimir in a thrilling fight in 2005). At the time there was interest in a potential Peter vs Wladimir unification match. Instead Vitali took advantage of his champion emeritus status and secured a title challenge against Peter. The fight was arranged on 11 October 2008 at O2 World, Berlin. It would be one of the most anticipated heavyweight fights in the past few years. Both men had a rightful claim to being the champion and the stakes for the future of the heavyweight division were high. Despite some questioning Vitali's decision to return after four years, he managed to regain his title in dominating fashion. Klitschko had Peter intimidated from the first round and stunned him with accurate hard punches. Klitschko kept the hard punching Nigerian off with an effective left jab and took control in the center of the ring. Over eight rounds Klitschko completely dismantled and outfought the younger champion. After the eighth round, Peter slumped on his stool, shook his head and asked that the bout be stopped. With the Samuel Peter victory, Klitschko technically became one of the few men to ever hold a version of the World Heavyweight Championship three times – WBO (1999–2000), WBC (2004–2005) WBC (2008 – present), albeit the WBO belt was not considered a major belt when Vitali won it, and has almost always been in all weight classes contested by men not considered the best in their respective divisions, thus making any claim to Vitali being a 'three time champion' contentious.

Klitschko vs. Gomez, Arreola & Johnson Edit

On 21 March 2009, Klitschko defeated Juan Carlos Gomez by TKO in the ninth round. Gomez tried to use his movement to thwart Vitali but seemed unable to cope with the power and physical strength of his opponent. As the rounds progressed, Klitschko began imposing himself on Gomez more and more. Gomez soon became wary of Klitschko's power and also began to tire physically. By the sixth round Vitali was in total control. The end came when the referee stopped the fight in the ninth round as Gomez appeared unable to withstand any more hits.

On 26 September, Klitschko earned a one-sided TKO victory over Chris Arreola at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California when Arreola's trainer, Henry Ramirez, asked the referee to stop the fight.[19] Arreola was considered at the time one of the division's hardest punchers; however, Klitschko kept Arreola at bay with his left jab and hit him almost at will with his right. Arreola had been influenced by Samuel Peter's defeat to Klitschko in 2008, in which Peter had tried to box from the outside. He therefore employed a game-plan which involved applying constant pressure to Vitali in order to force him into a high tempo fight. Despite his best efforts, the bout became one sided very quickly. Klitschko consistently proved himself faster, sharper and much fitter than Arreola.

On 12 December Vitali defeated Kevin Johnson by unanimous decision, winning almost every round. Johnson, a skillful fighter, tried to negate Klitschko's strength with angles and head movement, though he proved hard to hit he failed to launch any sustained attack of his own. After the Johnson bout, Klitschko's camp began negotiations for a potential fight with former WBA Champion Nikolai Valuev, but the match failed to materialize due to economic disagreements.[20][21][22][23] [24]

Klitschko vs. Sosnowski, Briggs & Solis Edit

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On 29 May 2010 Vitali Klitschko defeated Polish heavyweight contender Albert Sosnowski by KO at 2:30 in round 10 of 12.Sosnowski was knocked down by a right hand in the 10th round, prompting referee Jay Nady to immediately wave off the fight. The fight took place at Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Vitali Klitschko weighed in at 112 kg (247 lbs), while Sosnowski weighed in at 110 kg (242.5 lbs). This voluntary defence was Vitali's 4th defence of the WBC Heavyweight title. Sosnowski was the #11 ranked heavyweight according to the WBC prior to this bout. [25]

On 17 August 2010, it was announced that Klitschko would defend his WBC title against Shannon Briggs on 16 October of that year. Klitschko completely dismantled his challenger with superior hand speed. Briggs struggled to land any meaningful punches, as Klitschko won every round decisively. After a few rounds, Briggs was receiving a vicious and sustained beating which caused him serious facial injuries. Considering the beating he was receiving, there was some suggestion that the referee should have stopped the bout during the last few rounds. Klitschko had retained his belt with official scores of 120–107, 120–105, and 120–107.[26][27] During the post-fight interview, the American boxer said: “I’ve fought George Foreman, I’ve fought Lennox Lewis, and Vitali’s the best.” While Klitschko did not knock down Briggs, the latter collapsed after the fight and was hospitalized with facial fractures and a torn biceps.

Main article: Vitali Klitschko vs. Odlanier Solís

Klitschko's next fight was against mandatory challenger Odlanier Solis. The bout was tentatively scheduled for March 2011.[28] On 11 January, it was officially confirmed that the fight between Klitschko and Solis was going to take place in Cologne, Germany on 19 March 2011. The fight lasted less than one whole round, as a right hand to Solis's temple wobbled Solis, who then twisted his knee. Klitschko won by KO.[29][30]

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Klitschko vs. Adamek, Chisora & Charr Edit

Main article: Vitali Klitschko vs. Tomasz Adamek

Now aged 40, Klitschko retained his WBC heavyweight title against Tomasz Adamek on 10 September 2011 in Poland, winning by TKO in the 10th round. The referee stopped the bout after Adamek received punishing blows and was ruled out, as he was no longer able to defend himself.

After turning 41 on 19 July 2012, Vitali became one of the oldest Heavyweight Champions in history. Despite having a four-year hiatus from the sport, Vitali has proven to be a remarkably effective and dominant Heavyweight Champion once again. Alongside his brother Wladimir, he also fights on for their shared ambition of holding all four Heavyweight Championship belts together, an ambition that was realised on 2 July 2011 when brother Wladimir defeated David Haye to win the WBA Heavyweight Championship. In January 2012, he was awarded WBC Fighter of the Year for 2011.[31] Klitschko was in negotiations for a possible bout with former WBA Heavyweight title holder David Haye on 3 March 2012.[32][33][34] After Vitali's brother, Wladimir, had to cancel his fight with Jean-Marc Mormeck, it was thought that Vitali was likely to fight on 25 February 2012.[35] Sources in Germany reported that he was likely to fight British contender Dereck Chisora on 18 February 2012 in Olympiahalle, Munich, Bayern.[36][37][38]

It was confirmed on 12 December 2011 that Dereck Chisora would be Vitali Klitschko's next opponent.[39][40] Vitali Klitschko retained his WBC Championship belt unanimously in a dominant display in Munich. The fight was fought against a backdrop of antagonism displayed by the contender Dereck Chisora at the weigh in. Dereck slapped Vitali across the face causing a red mark to be left.[citation needed] The next day, Chisora spat water over the face of Vitali's brother Wladimir.[citation needed]

Vitali won the majority of the rounds boxing a disciplined fight with changing angles and superior footwork. Chisora, constantly coming forward delivering punishing body shots, failed to wear down the older man. The scores were: 118–110, 118–110, 119–111.[citation needed] The next day, Vitali visited a hospital to check his shoulder, claiming he injured it in the fight. A doctor confirmed a ligament tear was suffered in Vitali's left shoulder. Klitschko said he "suddenly lost strength in the left hand" and was forced to only use his right. The injury was believed to have happened in the second or third round. Klitschko's trainer, Fritz Zdunek, believes this is the same kind of injury Vitali suffered in his fight with Byrd.[41]

At the post fight press conference a brawl ensued between David Haye and Dereck Chisora. After the altercation Dereck Chisora challenged David Haye to a fight in the ring and said, "I am going to shoot David Haye." Dereck Chisora was later arrested at a German airport along with his coach, Don Charles. His comments and actions were later condemned by Frank Warren, his promoter, and Wladimir Klitschko. [42][43][44][45]

On 2 July 2012, it was announced that Vitali Klitschko will defend his WBC Heavyweight title on 8 September at the Olympic Indoor Arena in Moscow, Russia.[46] His opponent for the fight was the then undefeated Manuel Charr 21–0 (11 KO).[47] Klitschko won the fight via technical knockout when Charr had to be stopped due to a cut received from Vitali's punches.

Political career Edit

Klitschko began campaigning for Mayor of Kiev shortly after his retirement in 2005. He lost the 2006 mayoral election to Leonid Chernovetskyi but placed second with 26% of the vote, ahead of the incumbent Oleksandr Omelchenko[48] Klitschko campaigned on an anti-corruption platform[48] and lead the bloc "Civic party" PORA-ROP (the parties PORA and Reforms and Order Party) in the simultaneously held local elections for the Kiev City Council.[49] Analysts stated his relatively late entry into the campaign might have cost him votes. Still, Klitschko was elected as a people's deputy to the Kiev City Council since "Civic party" PORA-ROP won 14 seats in the 2006 election.[49][50] In the May 2008 Kiev local election, he ran again and won 18% of the vote. Klitschko simultaneously led the Vitaliy Klychko Bloc that won 10.61% of the votes and 15 seats and again he was elected into the Kiev City Council.[51] His campaign hired Rudy Giuliani as a consultant for the campaign.[48] In 2008 he was also appointed to the Ukrainian delegation of the Congress of the Council of Europe.

Klitschko became the leader of the political party UDAR of Vitaliy Klitschko in April 2010.[52] During the 2010 Ukrainian local elections, the party won representatives in (Ukrainian) municipalities and Oblast Councils (regional parliaments).[53][54][55]

In October 2011, Klitschko announced that he would compete in the 2012 Kiev mayoral election.[56]

During the 2012 Ukrainian parliamentary election Klitschko was elected (he was top candidate on UDAR's party list) into the Ukrainian parliament; when his party won 40 seats.[2][3][4] Klitschko leads the party's faction in the Ukrainian Parliament.[57]

Opinion polls since early 2011 show that the predicted percentage of votes that Klitschko would gain in a future presidential election enlarged from 4.8% in December 2011 to 15.1% in February 2013.[58]

Political positions Edit

Klitschko is in favor of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the European Union.[59] He sees the European Union as Ukraine's "model for our future political and economic development."[60] He believes current President Viktor Yanukovych and his Government are "deliberately destroying the integration (into Europe) prospects of Ukraine."[61] Klitschko is also in favour of NATO-Ukraine cooperation.[62]

Klitschko wants less corruption and more transparency in Ukrainian politics.[60][63] He also advocates lower taxes to stimulate the economy of Ukraine.[60]

Klitschko did accuse in October 2011 President Yanukovych and the Azarov Government of "doing everything to manipulate the rules to stay in power longer";[63] furthermore (in December 2011) he assert(ed) "every statement of the government" as "a continuation of lies and disinformation."[61] Klitschko wants former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and former Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko to be able participate in the 2012 parliamentary elections (Lutsenko is charged with abuse of power and Tymoshenko has been sentenced for the same misconduct).[64][65] He has also taken part in a rally for Tymoshenko's release.[65]

In December 2011 Klitschko described the judicial system of Ukraine as "complete degradation" and accused it of violating human rights and humiliating its prisoners.[66]

In July 2012 party-leader Klychko stated his party UDAR will not cooperate with the Party of Regions in the Ukrainian Parliament.[67]

Early April 2013 Klitschko called for early presidential and parliamentary elections in Ukraine.[68]

Controversy Edit

Vitali Klitschko has admitted in his autobiography to having used steroids earlier in his career. He revealed using steroids after aggravating a leg injury that he had previously sustained during a kick-boxing bout.[69]

While Vitali was still fighting as an amateur for the Ukrainian boxing team in 1996, he tested positive for a banned substance and was immediately thrown off the team. At the time, he was training for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. Since then, Vitali has tested clean for Steroids during his entire professional career.[69]

Personal life Edit

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His father, Vladimir Rodionovich Klitschko (1947–2011), was a Soviet Air Force major general and a military attaché of the Soviet Union in the East Germany. He was also one of the commanders in charge of cleaning up the effects of the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster in 1986 and was afterward diagnosed with cancer.[citation needed] His mother is Nadezhda Ulyanovna.[70]

Klitschko is married to Natalia Egorova, a former athlete and model. They met in Kiev and got married on 26 April 1996. He has three children, Yegor-Daniel, Elizabeth-Victoria and Max (named after the former World Heavyweight Champion Max Schmeling).[71][72]

In 1996, he graduated from the Pereyaslav-Khmelnytsky Pedagogical Institute (Ukraine) and was accepted into the postgraduate study program at the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. On 29 February 2000, he presented his doctoral thesis on "talent and sponsorship in sports"[73] at the "Kyiv University of Physical Science and Sports" and his PhD in Sports Science was conferred.

Both Vitali and his brother are avid chess players. Vitali is a friend of former world chess champion Vladimir Kramnik and the two have played, with Kramnik always winning. Vitali has commented that "chess is similar to boxing. You need to develop a strategy, and you need to think two or three steps ahead about what your opponent is doing. You have to be smart. But what's the difference between chess and boxing? In chess, nobody is an expert, but everybody plays. In boxing everybody is an expert, but nobody fights."[74]

Vitali and his brother also have been involved in charitable activities dedicated to support the needs of schools, churches and children. In 2002, the Klitschko brothers announced that they had agreed to work for UNESCO.

Professional boxing record Edit

45 Wins (41 knockouts, 4 decisions), 2 Losses, 0 Draws[75]
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Win 45–2 Germany Manuel Charr TKO 4 (12), 2:04 2012-09-08 Russia Olympic Indoor Arena, Moscow, Central Federal District Retained WBC Heavyweight title.
Win 44–2 22x20px Dereck Chisora UD 12 2012-02-18 Germany Olympiahalle, Munich, Bayern Retained WBC Heavyweight title.
Win 43–2 22x20px Tomasz Adamek TKO 10 (12), 2:20 2011-09-10 22x20px Municipal Stadium, Wrocław, Lower Silesian Retained WBC Heavyweight title.
Win 42–2 22x20px Odlanier Solis KO 1 (12), 3:00 2011-03-19 Germany Lanxess Arena, Cologne, Nordrhein-Westfalen Retained WBC Heavyweight title.
Win 41–2 United States Shannon Briggs UD 12 2010-10-16 Germany O2 World Arena, Altona, Hamburg Retained WBC Heavyweight title.
Win 40–2 22x20px Albert Sosnowski KO 10 (12), 2:30 2010-05-29 Germany Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen, Nordrhein-Westfalen Retained WBC Heavyweight title.
Win 39–2 United States Kevin Johnson UD 12 2009-12-12 22x20px PostFinance Arena, Bern, Canton of Bern Retained WBC Heavyweight title.
Win 38–2 United States Chris Arreola RTD 10 (12), 3:00 2009-09-26 United States Staples Center, Los Angeles, California Retained WBC Heavyweight title.
Win 37–2 22x20px Juan Carlos Gómez TKO 9 (12), 1:49 2009-03-21 Germany Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle, Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg Retained WBC Heavyweight title.
Win 36–2 22x20px Samuel Peter RTD8 (12), 3:00 2008-10-11 Germany O2 World, Friedrichshain, Berlin Won WBC Heavyweight title.
Win 35–2 22x20px Danny Williams TKO8 (12), 1:26 2004-12-11 United States Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained WBC & The Ring Heavyweight titles.
Win 34–2 22x20px Corrie Sanders TKO8 (12), 2:46 2004-04-24 United States Staples Center, Los Angeles, California Won vacant WBC & The Ring Heavyweight titles.
Win 33–2 Canada Kirk Johnson TKO2 (12), 2:54 2003-12-06 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York WBC Heavyweight Title Eliminator.
Loss 32–2 22x20px Lennox Lewis TKO6 (12), 3:00 2003-06-21 United States Staples Center, Los Angeles, California For WBC, IBO, Lineal & The Ring Heavyweight titles.
Win 32–1 United States Larry Donald TKO10 (12), 2:35 2002-11-23 Germany Arena Westfalenhalle, Dortmund, Nordrhein-Westfalen Retained WBA Inter-Continental Heavyweight title.
WBA Heavyweight Title Eliminator.
Win 31–1 United States Vaughn Bean TKO11 (12), 1:40 2002-02-08 Germany Volkswagen Halle, Braunschweig, Niedersachsen Retained WBA Inter-Continental Heavyweight title.
Win 30–1 United States Ross Puritty TKO11 (12), 1:16 2001-12-08 Germany König Pilsener Arena, Oberhausen, Nordrhein-Westfalen Retained WBA Inter-Continental Heavyweight title.
Win 29–1 United States Orlin Norris KO1 (12), 1:09 2001-01-27 Germany Rudi Sedlmayer Halle, Munich, Bayern Won vacant WBA Inter-Continental Heavyweight title.
Win 28–1 Germany Timo Hoffmann UD12 2000-11-25 Germany Preussag Arena, Hannover, Niedersachsen Won vacant EBU Heavyweight title.
Loss 27–1 United States Chris Byrd RTD9 (12), 3:00 2000-04-01 Germany Estrel Convention Center, Neukölln, Berlin Lost WBO Heavyweight title.
Win 27–0 United States Obed Sullivan RTD9 (12), 3:00 1999-12-11 Germany Alsterdorfer Sporthalle, Alsterdorf, Hamburg Retained WBO Heavyweight title.
Win 26–0 United States Ed Mahone TKO3 (12), 1:45 1999-10-09 Germany König Pilsener Arena, Oberhausen, Nordrhein-Westfalen Retained WBO Heavyweight title.
Win 25–0 22x20px Herbie Hide KO2 (12), 1:14 1999-06-26 22x20px New London Arena, Millwall, London Won WBO Heavyweight title.
Win 24–0 22x20px Ismael Youla TKO2 (12), 1:30 1999-02-20 Germany Alsterdorfer Sporthalle, Alsterdorf, Hamburg Retained EBU Heavyweight title.
Win 23–0 Italy Francesco Spinelli TKO1 (12), 1:49 1998-12-05 Ukraine Sport Palace, Kiev, Kiev Oblast Retained EBU Heavyweight title.
Win 22–0 Germany Mario Schiesser TKO2 (12), 2:00 1998-10-24 Germany Alsterdorfer Sporthalle, Alsterdorf, Hamburg Won vacant EBU Heavyweight title.
Win 21–0 22x20px Ricardo Kennedy TKO1 (8), 1:31 1998-08-11 United States Miccosukee Indian Gaming Resort, Miami, Florida
Win 20–0 22x20px Jose Ribalta TKO2 (8), 2:13 1998-06-05 Germany Sporthalle, Wandsbek, Hamburg
Win 19–0 United States Dicky Ryan TKO5 (12) 1998-05-02 Germany Hansehalle, Lübeck, Schleswig-Holstein Won vacant WBO Inter-Continental Heavyweight title.
Win 18–0 22x20px Julius Francis TKO2 (12) 1998-04-18 Germany Eurogress, Aachen, Nordrhein-Westfalen
Win 17–0 United States Levi Billups KO2 (10) 1998-03-20 Germany Ballsporthalle, Frankfurt, Hessen
Win 16–0 United States Louis Monaco KO3 (10) 1998-03-07 Germany Sartory Saale, Cologne, Nordrhein-Westfalen
Win 15–0 22x20px Alben Belinski KO2 (8) 1998-01-30 Germany Berdux Filmstudios, Munich, Bayern
Win 14–0 United States Marcus Rhode TKO2 (10) 1998-01-17 Germany Sport und Erholungszentrum, Friedrichshain, Berlin
Win 13–0 United States Anthony Willis KO5 (8) 1997-12-20 Germany Oberrheinhalle, Offenburg, Baden-Württemberg
Win 12–0 United States Herman Delgado TKO3 (8) 1997-11-29 Germany Rheinstrandhalle, Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg
Win 11–0 United States Gilberto Williamson KO6 (8), 2:50 1997-11-08 Germany Ballsporthalle, Frankfurt, Hessen
Win 10–0 United States Will Hinton KO2 (6) 1997-10-04 Germany Stadionsporthalle, Hannover, Niedersachsen
Win 9–0 United States Jimmy Haynes KO2 (6) 1997-06-14 Germany Saaltheater Geulen, Aachen, Nordrhein-Westfalen
Win 8–0 United States Cleveland Woods KO2 (6), 2:16 1997-05-10 Germany Ballsporthalle, Frankfurt, Hessen
Win 7–0 United States Derrick Roddy TKO2 (6), 2:14 1997-04-12 Germany Eurogress, Aachen, Nordrhein-Westfalen
Win 6–0 United States Calvin Jones KO1 (6), 2:58 1997-03-08 Germany Sartory Saale, Cologne, Nordrhein-Westfalen
Win 5–0 Canada Troy Roberts TKO2 (6), 1:14 1997-02-22 Germany Sporthalle, Wandsbek, Hamburg
Win 4–0 United States Mike Acklie KO1 (6), 0:32 1997-01-25 Germany Maritim Hotel, Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg
Win 3–0 United States Brian Sargent TKO2 (6), 1:08 1996-12-21 Germany Zoo-Gesellschaftshaus, Frankfurt, Hessen
Win 2–0 22x20px Frantisek Sumina TKO1 (4), 1:12 1996-11-30 22x20px Arena Nova, Wiener Neustadt, Niederösterreich
Win 1–0 United States Tony Bradham KO2 (4), 1:14 1996-11-16 Germany Sporthalle, Wandsbek, Hamburg Professional debut.

See also Edit

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Herbie Hide
WBO Heavyweight Champion
26 June 1999 – 4 January 2000
Succeeded by
Chris Byrd
Title last held by
Lennox Lewis
WBC Heavyweight Champion
24 April 2004 – 9 November 2005
Succeeded by
Hasim Rahman
Interim Champion promoted
The Ring Heavyweight Champion
24 April 2004 – 9 November 2005
Title next held by
Wladimir Klitschko
Preceded by
Samuel Peter
WBC Heavyweight Champion
11 October 2008 – present
Honorary titles
Preceded by
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Emeritus Champion

9 November 2005 – 11 October 2008
Regains title
Preceded by
Jess Willard
Tallest Heavyweight Champion
26 June 1999 – 17 December 2005
Succeeded by
Nikolay Valuev
Preceded by
Mac Foster & Alex Stewart
Most Consecutive Knockouts
From the Beginning of a Heavyweight Career

26 June 1999 – 27 April 2013
Succeeded by
Deontay Wilder
Sporting positions
Title last held by
Pele Reid
WBO Inter-Continental Heavyweight Champion
2 May 1998 – 10 October 1998
Title next held by
Danny Williams
Title last held by
Zeljko Mavrovic
EBU Heavyweight Champion
24 October 1998 – 26 June 1999
Title next held by
Wladimir Klitschko
Title last held by
Wladimir Klitschko
EBU Heavyweight Champion
25 November 2000 – 5 January 2002
Title next held by
Luan Krasniqi
Title last held by
Wladimir Klitschko
WBA Inter-Continental Heavyweight Champion
27 January 2001 – 21 June 2003
Title next held by
Wladimir Klitschko

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