For a 90's kid growing up, the rise to the pomp of martial arts spearheaded by none other than Jackie Chan was a thing of beauty. Martial Arts became so popular that there was even a dedicated Jackie Chan animated series! It wasn't just the martial arts that was on a rise, almost every combat based sport/entertainment show was on a rise. WWF was at an all time high, thanks to the Monday night wars versus WCW. UFC was founded in 1993 and was revolutionizing the way combat sports are contested. And then there was the obvious rise of two mammoths of boxing namely Mike Tyson and Floyd 'Money' Mayweather.
While everyone witnessed the rise of the two, there was one boxer, as deadly as them among the ranks too! Someone who boasts an insane record of 64-5, a former heavyweight champion and recently, someone who hung his boxing gloves. Want to know more?
Wladimir Klitschko is a Ukranian born heavyweight boxer who ranks among the most decorated heavyweight champions as well as one of the hardest hitters in boxing history. Being a hard hitter in boxing is impressive, being a heavyweight and one of the hardest hitters ever at the same time is mind boggling. And this is just one of the few amazing facts about the boxer. We at WittyFeed bring you 11 such amazing facts about Wladimir Klitschko that would knock you out!
Wladimir Klitschko and his brother Vitali Klitschko dominated their respected pounded division after both of them made their debut in 1996. Both of them became champions in their respective division and became the first brothers to hold the titles simultaneously.
Sorry Hollywood directors, this time two brothers won't turn on each other as they promised their mother they won't fight each other. In the documentary "Klitschko," Wladimir was quoted saying "I wouldn't do it, even for $1 billion," Wladimir says in the film. "You can't put a price on a mother's heart."
Wladimir apart from speaking his native language Ukranian, speaks Russian, German and English. An ambidextrous boxer, polyglot boxer, not just your average boxer is he?
In 2007, the Astronomical Observatory in Ukraine named an Asteroid as Asteroid 212723 Klitschko after the brothers, thanking them for their involvement in various philanthropic events.
Although they promised to their mother that they won't fight each other, that doesn't mean they cannot compete, can they?
So when Wladimir's younger brother Vitali became the first professional boxing world champion to receive a Ph.D., why would Wladimir be behind? So in 2001, Wladimir completed his degree in sports science and in case you're wondering did they measure how hard he punches, the answer is very very hard.
Note: The above image is for representational purposes only and isn't his actual image from 2001.
In 1996 Olympics Klitschko represented Ukraine in the super-heavyweight division and struck gold.
Wladimir Klitschko in an interview with ESPN told them that there was a time that he didn't love boxing until he met his coach Emanuel Steward who let him rediscover his love for boxing. In his interview he said "I didn't love boxing until I met Emanuel," Klitschko said. "It's coming from Emanuel. That's where I got it from."
In 2012, Klitschko's coach Emanuel Steward lost his battle to cancer. Klitschko was really close to Steward as he helped changed his boxing style, his mental attitude and laid the foundation of his historic 9+ years of title reign which ended in November 2015.
In 2015, BoxRec rated Klitschko as the best fighter pound for pound. In case you're wondering, pound for pound is a term used in combat sports to assess who is the better fighter regardless of age, size or the division one fights in.
With 25 title bout wins, Klitschko ranks second in the list of people with most wins in a heavyweight title bout only after Joe Louis who ranks first with 26 wins, just one more than Klitschko.
Klitschko's last matchup was against Anthony Joshua which he lost in the 11th round courtesy of a TKO. He asked for a rematch immediately but now he's dropped that idea as he decided to retire.
So we at WittyFeed would like to wish a happy retirement to a person who didn't like to accumulate eccentricities the likes of Floyd Mayweather and Connor McGregor did rather stay modest and down to earth. Thank you, Wladimir Klitschko.
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