Vitali Klitschko was born in Kirghiztan on 19 July 1971 son of Vladimir and Nadia Klitschko. After finishing school, Klitschko studied sports sciences at the University of Kiev, Ukraine. He finished his studies with his doctorate.
After his PhD, Klitschko turned to boxing having been a fan of this sport for many years. In the Nineties he graduated from an amateur to professional status. In the Amateurs league he fought 210 matches in all, winning 195 of them, 80 with k.o. In 1996 Vitali Klitschko married Natalia.
In 1998, Klitschko gained the WBO title of Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion. Also in 1998 he became European champion of his discipline, a title he kept until 1999. In 1999 he became WBO World Heavyweight champion, a title he held until 2000. In the course of his career as a professional, Klitchko fought a total of 28 matches, of which he won 27 by k.o.!
In addition to his boxing career Klitschko was also active in continuing his academic career in physical education. He published several treatises, e.g. about basic physical education. Klitschko is also sports instructor at the Universum Box-Promotion GmbH“ in Hamburg, Germany.
A biography is in preparation about the professional boxer and educational scientist. The Author will be Sergei Berov.
On 21 June 2003, Klitschko challenged the ruling World Heavyweight Champion Lennox Lewis. He lost this sensational match in Los Angeles on technical k.o., although he was actually in the lead: After the 6th round the referee stopped the match after a medical recommendation because of an injury to Klitschko’s eyebrow.
In spite of his injury, the Klitschko made a better showing in the match than the defender of the title. This was reason for his dissatisfaction concerning the stopping of the fight. At the beginning of July 2003, Klitschko announced therefore his intention the have a return fight against Lewis. After the World Champion has agreed in principle, the boxing world waits eagerly for he next meeting of the giants.
In August 2004, together with his brother Vladimir, Vitali Klitschko moved to an entirely new environment. They synchronized Disney’s animated feature film „Die Kühe sind los“, the German language version of “Home on the Range”.