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Vitali Klitschko Record

Total Fights47
Title Wins4
Title Defenses12
Title-Fight KOs12
KO Wins41
KO Losses2
Vitali Klitschko Record & Stats
Vitali Klitschko's Record
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      What is Vitali Klitschko's boxing record?

      In a professional boxing career spanning 15 years and nine months, Vitali Klitschko fought 47 times with 45 wins and 2 losses.

      Klitschko retired from professional boxing with a record of 45-2, which included four heavyweight world-title wins and 12 successful title defense fights. He had a 87.2% knockouts-to-fights ratio with 41 of his total 47 fights being knockout wins, 12 of which were in title fights. Klitschko lost twice via knockout, both of them in title fights.

      His last fight was a 4th round TKO victory over Manuel Charr on September 8, 2012. Klitschko successfully defended the heavyweight WBC title in this fight.

      Some of Klitschko's best fights and notable victories include wins over Tomasz Adamek, Samuel Peter, Juan Carlos Gómez, Corrie Sanders, Orlin Norris, Danny Williams, and Manuel Charr.

      47Sep 8, 201241Manuel CharrWin *TKO4
      46Feb 18, 201240Derek ChisoraWin *UD
      45Sep 10, 201140Tomasz AdamekWin *TKO10
      44Mar 19, 201139Odlanier SolísWin *KO1
      43Oct 16, 201039Shannon BriggsWin *UD
      42May 29, 201038Albert SosnowskiWin *KO10
      41Dec 12, 200938Kevin JohnsonWin *UD
      40Sep 26, 200938Chris ArreolaWin *RTD10
      39Mar 21, 200937Juan Carlos GómezWin *TKO9
      38Oct 11, 200837Samuel PeterWin *RTD8
      37Dec 11, 200433Danny WilliamsWin *TKO8
      36Apr 24, 200432Corrie SandersWin *TKO8
      35Dec 6, 200332Kirk JohnsonWinTKO2
      34Jun 21, 200331Lennox LewisLoss *TKO6
      33Nov 23, 200231Larry DonaldWinTKO10
      32Feb 8, 200230Vaughn BeanWinTKO11
      31Dec 8, 200130Ross PurittyWinTKO11
      30Jan 27, 200129Orlin NorrisWinKO1
      29Nov 25, 200029Timo HoffmannWinUD
      28Apr 1, 200028Chris ByrdLoss *RTD9
      27Dec 11, 199928Obed SullivanWin *RTD9
      26Oct 9, 199928Ed MahoneWin *TKO3
      25Jun 26, 199927Herbie HideWin *KO2
      24Feb 20, 199927Ismael YoulaWinTKO2
      23Dec 5, 199827Francesco SpinelliWinTKO1
      22Oct 24, 199827Mario SchiesserWinTKO2
      21Aug 11, 199827Ricardo KennedyWinTKO1
      20Jun 5, 199826José RibaltaWinTKO2
      19May 2, 199826Dicky RyanWinTKO5
      18Apr 18, 199826Julius FrancisWinTKO2
      17Mar 20, 199826Levi BillupsWinKO2
      16Mar 7, 199826Louis MonacoWinKO3
      15Jan 30, 199826Alben BelinskiWinKO2
      14Jan 17, 199826Marcus RhodeWinTKO2
      13Dec 20, 199726Anthony WillisWinKO5
      12Nov 29, 199726Herman DelgadoWinTKO3
      11Nov 8, 199726Gilberto WilliamsonWinKO6
      10Oct 4, 199726Will HintonWinKO2
      9Jun 14, 199725Jimmy HaynesWinKO2
      8May 10, 199725Cleveland WoodsWinKO2
      7Apr 12, 199725Derrick RoddyWinTKO2
      6Mar 8, 199725Calvin JonesWinKO1
      5Feb 22, 199725Troy RobertsWinTKO2
      4Jan 25, 199725Mike AcklieWinKO1
      3Dec 21, 199625Brian SargentWinTKO2
      2Nov 30, 199625Frantisek SuminaWinTKO1
      1Nov 16, 199625Tony BradhamWinKO2

      * World-title fight

      Boxing career

      Vitali Klitschko (Dr. Ironfist) is a 52-year old retired Ukrainian professional boxer. He was born in Belovodskoye, Kirghiz SSR, Soviet Union on July 19, 1971. He is a former heavyweight world champion. Klitschko was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame (IBHOF) in 2018. His professional boxing career spanned more than 15 years — from 1996 to 2012.

      Klitschko made his professional boxing debut against Tony Bradham at the age of 25 on November 16, 1996, defeating Bradham via 2nd round KO. He went on to win 26 more consecutive fights after the debut, which included 26 wins via stoppage.

      He had his first world title fight at the age of 27 on June 26, 1999 after 24 professional fights, against Herbie Hide for the heavyweight WBO title. He defeated Hide via 2nd round KO to become the heavyweight champion of the world.

      Klitschko has won four world titles at heavyweight. For all the details about Klitschko's world title wins and defenses refer to the "Championships" section below.

      Klitschko had a total of two losses in his professional boxing career.

      His last professional fight was a heavyweight title defense bout against German boxer Manuel Charr on September 8, 2012. Klitschko won the fight via 4th round TKO and defended his WBC title. It's been 11 years, 9 months, and 11 days since this fight.


      Klitschko had a total of 17 world-title fights, which includes winning four world titles and 12 successful title defenses. He won 15 of these fights and lost two.

      Title Wins

      Vitali Klitschko fought for heavyweight world titles in four fights and won three of these fights via stoppage. In total, he won four heavyweight belts.

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles WonMethod
      Oct 11, 2008Samuel PeterHeavyweightWBCRTD
      Apr 24, 2004Corrie SandersHeavyweightWBC*, The RingTKO
      Jun 26, 1999Herbie HideHeavyweightWBOKO
      * Vacant title

      Title Defenses

      Vitali Klitschko had 13 heavyweight world-title defense fights. He won 12 of them and lost only once.

      Following is the table of his successful title defense fights, the next section has the fights where he lost his titles.

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles DefendedMethod
      Sep 8, 2012Manuel CharrHeavyweightWBCTKO
      Feb 18, 2012Derek ChisoraHeavyweightWBCUD
      Sep 10, 2011Tomasz AdamekHeavyweightWBCTKO
      Mar 19, 2011Odlanier SolísHeavyweightWBCKO
      Oct 16, 2010Shannon BriggsHeavyweightWBCUD
      May 29, 2010Albert SosnowskiHeavyweightWBCKO
      Dec 12, 2009Kevin JohnsonHeavyweightWBCUD
      Sep 26, 2009Chris ArreolaHeavyweightWBCRTD
      Mar 21, 2009Juan Carlos GómezHeavyweightWBCTKO
      Dec 11, 2004Danny WilliamsHeavyweightWBC, The RingTKO
      Dec 11, 1999Obed SullivanHeavyweightWBORTD
      Oct 9, 1999Ed MahoneHeavyweightWBOTKO

      Title Losses

      Vitali Klitschko lost one world-title defense fight, and lost one title in the fight.

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles LostMethod
      Apr 1, 2000Chris ByrdHeavyweightWBORTD


      Klitschko fought a total of 47 times during his professional career, which includes 17 world-title fights at the heavyweight division. He was among the very best of his generation and put on some great performances in his fights. These 10 fights are the highlight of his career.

      • June 26, 1999: Klitschko wins his first world title by defeating Herbie Hide via 2nd round KO. He is now the WBO heavyweight world champion.

      • January 27, 2001: Vitali Klitschko beats Orlin Norris via 1st round KO.

      • April 24, 2004: Klitschko wins the WBC and The Ring heavyweight titles from Corrie Sanders, by beating Sanders via 8th round TKO.

      • December 11, 2004: Klitschko successfully defends the WBC and The Ring heavyweight titles against Danny Williams, winning the fight via 8th round TKO.

      • October 11, 2008: Klitschko wins the WBC heavyweight title from Samuel Peter, by beating Peter via 8th round RTD.

      • March 21, 2009: Klitschko successfully defends the WBC heavyweight title against Juan Carlos Gómez, winning the fight via 9th round TKO.

      • October 16, 2010: Klitschko successfully defends the WBC heavyweight title against Shannon Briggs, winning the fight via 12 round unanimous decision.

      • September 10, 2011: Klitschko successfully defends the WBC heavyweight title against Tomasz Adamek, winning the fight via 10th round TKO.

      • February 18, 2012: Klitschko successfully defends the WBC heavyweight title against Derek Chisora, winning the fight via 12 round unanimous decision.

      • September 8, 2012: Klitschko successfully defends the WBC heavyweight title against Manuel Charr, winning the fight via 4th round TKO.


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