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Wladimir Klitschko

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Wladimir Wladimirowitsch Klitschko is a Ukrainian professional boxer.

Professional boxing, or prizefighting, emerged in the early twentieth century as boxing gradually attained legitimacy and became a regulated, sanctioned sport.

Wladimir Klitschko's tribute to Emanuel Steward: 11/13/12 by WXYZ-TV Detroit | Channel 7

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He is a former world heavyweight champion of three major sanctioning bodies, having held the titles of the WBA, IBF, and WBO ; additionally he has held the IBO, Ring magazine, and lineal heavyweight titles.

Heavyweight is a weight class in boxing and other combat sports.

Wladimir Klitschko v s Sultan Ibragimov by mike goodpaster

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A strategic and cerebral boxer, Klitschko is considered to be one of the greatest heavyweight champions of all time, as well as among the hardest punching knockout artists in the history of the division; his strong jab, straight right hand and left hook being his most formidable weapons.

A knockout is a fight-ending, winning criterion in several full-contact combat sports, such as boxing, kickboxing, muay thai, mixed martial arts, karate, some forms of taekwondo and other sports involving striking.

A jab is a type of punch used in the martial arts.

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As an amateur, Klitschko represented Ukraine at the 1996 Olympics, winning a gold medal in the super-heavyweight division.

Ukraine is a sovereign state in Eastern Europe, bordered by Russia to the east and northeast, Belarus to the northwest, Poland and Slovakia to the west, Hungary, Romania, and Moldova to the southwest, and the Black Sea and Sea of Azov to the south and southeast, respectively.

The 1996 Summer Olympics, known officially as the Games of the XXVI Olympiad and unofficially as the Centennial Olympic Games, was a major international multi-sport event that took place in Atlanta, Georgia, United States, from July 19 to August 4, 1996.

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After turning professional later that year, he defeated Chris Byrd in 2000 to win the WBO heavyweight title.

Christopher Cornelius "Chris" Byrd is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1993 to 2009.

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Klitschko's first reign as champion ended in an upset knockout loss to Corrie Sanders in 2003, which was followed by another knockout loss to Lamon Brewster in 2004.

Cornelius Johannes "Corrie" Sanders was a South African professional boxer who competed from 1989 to 2008.

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It was during this time that Klitschko hired Emanuel Steward as his trainer, which began an eight-year partnership that lasted until Steward's death in 2012.

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In particular, Steward was credited with Klitschko's transition from an aggressive puncher to a more defensively-oriented boxer, much as he had done with Lennox Lewis in 1995 to 2003.

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In 2006, Klitschko regained a portion of the world heavyweight championship after stopping Chris Byrd in a rematch to win the IBF and IBO titles.

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He won the WBO title for a second time by defeating then-unbeaten champion Sultan Ibragimov in 2008.

Sultan-Ahmed Magomedsalihovich Ibragimov is a Russian former professional boxer who competed from 2002 to 2008, and held the WBO heavyweight title from 2007 to 2008.

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Following his defeat of Ruslan Chagaev in 2009, Klitschko was awarded the Ring and lineal titles, and lastly he won the WBA title from David Haye in 2011.

Ruslan Shamilevich Chagaev ; born 19 October 1978 is an Uzbekistani former professional boxer who competed from 1997 to 2016.

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Until his defeat by Tyson Fury in 2015, Klitschko was also recognized as champion by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, while the WBA recognized him as one of its "Super champions", a distinction given to boxers who hold that title in addition to those by other sanctioning bodies in the same division.

The Transnational Boxing Rankings Board is an all-volunteer initiative formed in October 2012 with the intention of providing professional boxing with authoritative top-ten rankings, identifying the singular world champion of every division by unbiased reasoning and common sense, and to insist on the sport's reform.

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Overall, he became the second-longest reigning heavyweight champion of all time, and has the second-most successful title defenses total of any heavyweight boxer with 23, behind Joe Louis and ahead of Larry Holmes and Muhammad Ali.

Joseph Louis Barrow, best known as Joe Louis and nicknamed the "Brown Bomber", was an American professional boxer who competed from 1934 to 1951.

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On 14 September 2015, BoxRec rated Klitschko as the number one fighter in the world, pound for pound.

Pound for pound is a term used in combat sports such as boxing or mixed martial arts to reflect an assessment as to who the better fighters are, regardless of size.

BoxRec or boxrec.com is a website dedicated to holding updated records of professional boxers, both male and female.

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On 15 November 2014, he reached a career peak of number two on The Ring's pound for pound list.

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Klitschko has fought in 28 heavyweight title fights, more than any heavyweight champion in the sport's history.

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He also holds the record of having defeated the most boxers with an undefeated record, at 12, and has also defeated ten current or former world champions throughout his career.

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Wladimir's older brother, Vitali Klitschko, is also a former WBC, WBO, and The Ring heavyweight champion.

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From 2006 until 2015, Wladimir and Vitali dominated heavyweight boxing, a period typically known as the "Klitschko Era" of the division.

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