Klitschko brothers: Vitaliy and Vladimir
Two exceptional athletes who are, before all else, brothers.
Their father, Vladimir (1947–2011), was a Soviet Air Force major general and a military attach? of the Soviet Union in the East Germany. Their mother is Nadezhda Ulyanovna.
Brothers are not only boxers, but avid chess players. Vitaliy is a friend of former world chess champion Vladimir Kramnik and the two have played, with Kramnik always winning. Vitali has commented that “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.”
Vitali and Vladimir also have been involved in charitable activities dedicated to support the needs of schools, churches and children. They won humanitarian awards for their “Fight For Peace” and “Sport for Good” projects in 2002 and 2007. In 2002, the Klitschko brothers announced that they had agreed to work for UNESCO.
Vitaliy Klitschko was born on July 19, 1971.
He is a professional boxer and the reigning WBC heavyweight champion. He held the WBO and WBC titles. Klitschko is the first professional boxing world champion to hold a PhD degree.
In 1996, he graduated from the Pereyaslav-Khmelnytsky Pedagogical Institute. On 29 February 2000, he presented his doctoral thesis on “talent and sponsorship in sports” at the Kiev University of Physical Science and Sports and his PhD in Sports Science was conferred.
Klitschko is known for his powerful punches and durable chin. He has never been knocked down in any professional boxing bout and has also never lost a decision. 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.
Originally Vitaliy was an amateur kickboxer, who was a world champion six times (professional and amateur).
He began a professional boxing career in 1996 and successfully defended the WBO Heavyweight title twice.
On 9 November 2005, Vitaliy Klitschko announced his retirement from professional boxing and vacated his title.
But on January 24, 2007 he announced his comeback and requested to fight again.
In July 2012, Vitaliy (he was 41) became one of the oldest Heavyweight Champions in history and currently the 14th longest reigning Heavyweight Champion of all time.
Klitschko is married to Natalia Egorova, a former athlete and model. They got married on 26 April 1996 and now have three children, Yegor-Daniel, Elizabeth-Victoria and Max (named after the former World Heavyweight Champion Max Schmeling).
Vladimir Klitschko was born on March 25, 1976.
He is a heavyweight professional boxer. Klitschko is the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, IBO & The Ring Heavyweight Champion.
In 1996, he graduated from Pereyaslav-Khmelnitsky Pedagogical Institute. On 18 January 2001 Klitschko presented his doctoral dissertation and was awarded a PhD in Sports Science.
Vladimir Klitschko is known as “Dr. Steel Hammer”
Klitschko appeared in the motion picture Ocean’s Eleven (with Lennox Lewis). He is a kite-surfer, golfer and humanitarian.
Klitschko starred in the music video for Chris Cornell’s song “Part of Me” in 2008, alongside a rising dancer Carlos Kerr Jr. and Method Man.
Vladimir and his women
Vladimir was officially married to Aleksandra Avizova. He was 19 years old and in a year and a half after marriage they divorced.
After Avizova, Vladimir had an affair with a model Diana Kovalchuk.
Such a bright woman, as a German gymnast Magdalena Brzheska, who was called a sex bomb of European gymnastics, could not be noticed by Vladimir.
Some media reported that Klitschko had been previously dating Yvonne Catterfeld; the relationship was played up in German comedies Keinohrhasen and Zweiohrk?ken.
After Vladimir’s photo session held for Vanity Fair magazine with Karolina Kurkova, she claimed to have a romantic relationship with the boxer.
Alena Gerber, Playboy model, was once his girlfriend.
American actress, Lucy Liu and Vladimir
On 29 March 2012 Vladimir auctioned off his 1996 Olympic gold medal to a buyer who bid $1 million dollars. Klitschko said he would use the money to help the dreams of hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian children. After the sale, the buyer immediately returned the medal out of respect for Vladimir and because he wanted it to remain with the Klitschko family.