Klitschko Named WBC Fighter Of 2011

MOSCOW, Russia -- The World Boxing Council on Wednesday named Ukrainian heavyweight champion Vitaly Klitschko fighter of the year.

Vitaly Klitschko

Klitschko, 40, defended his title twice last year, both by way of technical knockout.

He beat Odlanier Solis in March when the Cuban sustained a knee injury in the first round, then stopped Poland's Tomasz Adamek in the tenth round in September to take his career record to 43 wins, 40 by knockout, and two defeats.

Klitschko, known as Dr. Ironfist, next puts his title on the line February 18 against British heavyweight Dereck Chisora in Munich.

Short Bio

Vitaly is the fourth boxer besides Muhammad Ali, Evander Holyfield and Lennox Lewis to win a heavyweight belt for the third time.

He is the older brother of Wladimir Klitschko, WBO heavyweight champion, and companion of István Kovács, WBO featherweights champion.

Has a doctorate degree from Perevaslav-Khmelnitsky Teacher Training Institute (1996). His PhD is in Sport Science and Philosophy.

Lives mainly in Los Angeles, California, USA. He also has houses in Hamburg, Germany and Kyiv, Ukraine.

Speaks four languages: Russian, Ukrainian, German, and English.

He and his brother, Wladimir, grew up as the sons of a helicopter pilot in the Soviet Union's armed forces.

He and his younger brother, Wladimir Klitschko, have protested and demonstrated in Ukraine for democracy and for the re-vote election of Viktor Yushchenko, during the Orange Revolution.

Has three children with wife Natalia: Egor-Daniel Klitschko (b. 16 May 2000), Elizabeth-Victoria Klitschko (b. 23 November 2002), and Maxim Klitschko (b. 1 April 2005).

Although he and his wife are both citizens of Ukraine, his children are American citizens, as they were all born at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA, USA.

Source: RIA Novosti