|Estimated value:||€55 million|
|Country of origin:||Ukraine|
|Source of Wealth:||professional boxes|
Wladimir Klitschko is a former Ukrainian boxer. He is the younger of the Klitschko brothers and a former world heavyweight boxing champion. He is often referred to in the media as “Dr. Steelhammer”.
Wladimir Klitschko was born Volodymyr Volodymyrowytsch Klytschko and is of Ukrainian descent. He was born on March 25, 1973 in the Kazakh city of Semipalatinsk in what was then the Soviet Union. In his childhood he attended the Gagarin School in the Czech town of Letná, where his brother Vitali also attended. After graduating from school, Klitschko studied sports science and philosophy at the University of Hryhorij Skoworoda in Perejaslav-Chmelnyzkyj in the Ukraine. In 2001 he received his doctorate in sports science from the National Taras Shevchenko University in Kyiv, where “Pedagogical control in sport” was the subject of his dissertation. Wladimir Klitschko started boxing at a very young age. Already in 1990, at the age of 14, he started his sports career.
Even as an amateur boxer, Klitschko won 112 fights and had only 6 defeats. In 1996, Klitschko enjoyed his greatest success as an amateur when he was presented with the gold medal at the Atlanta Olympics.
In 1996, Klitschko was signed to Universum Box-Promotion as a professional boxer. In the first two years he already completed 24 professional fights. Many more successful fights followed, such as the one between 2000 and 2003 for the WBO title, during which he gained fame both in Germany and internationally. His successful career made Klitschko the successor to Lennox Lewis, who was long considered number 1 in heavyweight boxing before him.
A slight kink in his career came when he was defeated by Corrie Sanders in 2003, which heralded a two-year crisis for the Ukrainian, which he was able to overcome. A time later, Wladimir Klitschko and his brother Vitali Klitschko set a new, unprecedented title record by both becoming heavyweight title holders at the same time.
Wladimir Klitschko was able to arm himself with his victories for a long time until he lost to Brit Tyson Fury in November 2015, who took the world title from him. When another defeat followed against Anthony Joshua in April 2017, Wladimir Klitschko announced the end of his career.
In addition to his boxing career, Klitschko can also be found in advertising and in the cinema: he has already appeared in films such as “Ocean’s Eleven” in 2001, “Keinohrhasen” in 2007 and “Zweiohrküken”. In his film appearances, he mostly appears as himself or as a fictional boxer.
With 54 fights won and 5 defeats, Wladimir Klitschko can look back on a very successful boxing career. It is difficult to list the successes in his career that led to his breakthrough. Klitschko trained and fought for years to be where he was. One of his career highlights is his victory against the British David Haye, who was considered a boxing icon for a long time. Perhaps another breakthrough in his career is that at one point the press took the view that Klitschko no longer had any opponents who could take him on.
Klitschko has received several awards, medals and trophies throughout his career. In 1993 he was named European Junior Heavyweight Champion in Thessaloniki, Greece. Klitschko was also able to receive a number of other sports awards such as prizes for his acting achievements such as the German TV Prize and the Bambi during the course of his career. For many years he was considered the number 1 in boxing heavyweight by trade journals and various rankings.
“From nothing to everything is a long way, from everything to nothing is just one stop.” With this quote Wladimir Klitschko wants to explain that he fought for years to become a successful world boxing champion. In addition, it should be many times easier to end his career overnight, which he did in 2007.
In an interview with T-online, Wladimir Klitschko once let it be alarmingly stated that he never loved boxing, that he merely adopted the role of a professional boxer and was not a born boxer. Klitschko is said to have been more concerned with travelling, for which he used boxing as a means to an end. After graduating from school, he had the choice of studying medicine or sports and chose sports because he is said to have seen more freedom in it.
Also amazing is the fact that Klitschko is an amateur magician. He demonstrated his skills on German television shows such as TV-Total, Wetten, dass..? and stars in the circus ring.
Klitschko is also an author. In 2018, his first book “Challenge Management” was published in English, which was also published in Ukrainian, Bulgarian, German and Japanese. This is a non-fiction book in which Klitschko explains how he came to his inner attitude.
|Estimated value:||€55 million|