Wladimir Klitschko

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Wladimir Klitschko, left, with his brother Vitali
Wladimir Klitschko (born March 25, 1976 in Semipalatinsk, Kazakhstan) is a Ukrainian heavyweight boxer, living in Germany. His older brother Vitali is also a boxer. He is known as "Steelhammer" and "Doctor" (since he has a doctorate in physical science).

Standing 6'7" (2.01 m), Wladimir is large even for a heavyweight and usually dominates his opponents with his superior size and reach. His record as of April 2005 is 44-3, with 40 knockouts.

On October 14, 2000, Klitschko won the WBO title from Chris Byrd, who had defeated his brother Vitali six months earlier. After five defenses of the belt, he lost it to South African fighter Corrie Sanders (KO'd in 2, and down four times).

On April 10, 2004, Wladimir again tried for the now-vacant WBO title, but was defeated by TKO at the end of five rounds by Lamon Brewster.

One year later, on April 23, 2005, he returned to boxing, knocking out Eliezer Castillo (who was undefeated until then in 19 fights, with 14 knockouts) in the fourth round, in Germany.

The younger Klitschko has appeared sparring Lennox Lewis in the motion picture "Oceans Eleven".

Both Klitschko brothers have stated that they would never fight against each other under any circumstances.de:Wladimir Klitschko uk:Кличко Володимир Володимирович

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