Vitali Klitschko Net Worth| Biography| Career| Fighting Style and Many More!

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Vitali Klitschko was born in then-Soviet Russia on 19 July 1971. As with his younger brother, he excelled in boxing from an early age. However, he selected kickboxing over boxing as a professional path; it is another thing that he later quit kickboxing and returned to the boxing ring.

He was scheduled to compete for his country in the 1996 Summer Olympics but failed a drug test. In his stead, his younger brother led Ukraine to a gold medal in super heavyweight.

Vitali Klitschko Net Worth!

Klitschko’s net worth is estimated to be about $80 million. His brother Vladimir’s net worth is nearly identical. Both brothers were world heavyweight champions at the same time, a first in history. Vitali Klitschko retired as the surviving champion, while Vladimir retired following a loss to Tyson Fury.

He made almost 95% of his earnings as a fighter. He has earned the majority of his money by defending his World Heavyweight Championship. According to legend, if his brother had not been boxing with him, his riches would have been tenfold this amount.

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The two brothers were constantly encouraged to fight each other by big promoters since such a fight would have made at least $300 million, but neither brother ever spoke a word against the other, nor did they ever consent to raise their hands on each other.

Vitali Klitschko Early Life!

Vitali Volodymyrovych Klitschko was born in Belovodskoye, Kirghiz SSR, the Soviet Union on July 19, 1971. That region is today known as Kyrgyzstan. Vitali was reared in East Germany by a father who served as a Soviet Air Force major general and military attache.

This father was one of the commanders assigned with clean-up duties following the Chernobyl nuclear tragedy, and he was stricken with cancer shortly afterwards. Klitschko supported himself as a young man by working as a toolmaker at the Kyiv Automation Plant.

Years later, he was suspected of acting as a debt collector for a mafia lord in the 1990s, an allegation Vitali has categorically rejected. Klitschko graduated from the Pereyaslav-Khmelnytsky Pedagogical Institute in 1996 (the same year he started a professional boxer).

He obtained his PhD in Sports Science in 2000 after presenting his dissertation thesis on “talent and sponsorship in sports.”

Vitali Klitschko Fighting Style!

While Vitali is inextricably linked to his brother, he is widely regarded as the harder fighter. This is due to the fact that he was never knocked down. With an absurdly high knockout-to-fight ratio and a career in which he nearly never lost a round, many believe he was the best heavyweight of his generation. Klitschko, despite his brilliance, relied on his stature to dominate other heavyweights.

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Vitali Klitschko Career!

Klitschko began boxing in the 1980s, mostly under the tutelage of former Soviet boxer Anatoliy Klimanov. Vitali, on the other hand, swiftly took up kickboxing after the Soviet Union decided to lift the prohibition on the sport. He fought and trained in kickboxing, karate, and boxing throughout these formative years, demonstrating potential in all three disciplines.

By 1996, he was ready to pursue a professional boxing career and signed with a production-based in Germany. Vitali soon established a dangerous reputation, winning his first 24 bouts via knockout or technical knockout. He won the WBO heavyweight title in 1999 after knocking out Herbie Hide in the second round.

He then defended the championship twice but was defeated in 2000 by Chris Byrd. This was mostly because Vitali sustained a major shoulder injury, necessitating a pause. Klitschko was ahead on the scorecards at the time the bout was stopped. He was then heavily criticised for exiting the bout, yet he quickly rebounded with five straight victories.

Klitschko’s recent winning streak earned him a shot at the WBC belt against Lennox Lewis. Despite his underdog status, Vitali startled Lewis with numerous strong blows. Klitschko, on the other hand, received a severe cut over his left eye, forcing the referee to stop the bout once more due to injury.

Klitschko was once again ahead on the scorecards when the bout was stopped. Vitali fought hard for a rematch with Lewis, but the latter boxer vacated the belt when he retired in 2004. Klitschko eventually defeated Corrie Sanders to win the WBC belt.

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