Former heavyweight boxing champ Vitali Klitschko in kickboxing bout
Vitali Klitschko is the former WBO, WBC and Ring Magazine heavyweight boxing champion of the world but many people do not know however that before he got into boxing he was actually a kickboxer.
In the video below we see a young Vitali Klitschko in a kickboxing bout and he does quite well here against Japanese opponent Ryūshi Yanagisawa.
It’s interesting to see the long, rangy Klitschko make use of kicks in this bout but it is really his punches that do the most damage so it’s no wonder he focused on boxing after this.
Compared to his younger brother Wladimir, Vitali was the much more aggressive fighter which is clearly evident in this fight. He even holds one of the highest knockout percentages of any heavyweight boxing champion which is an amazing 87.23%.
In addition to his brutal power he also had a great chin as well. Vitali was the only heavyweight champion in boxing to have never been knocked down in a fight which really is an astounding fact in such a brutal, ruthless sport like boxing.
He also seems to have retired with his wits about him too which is very rare for a boxer who had such a long career. After his careers in both kickboxing and boxing, Vitali Klitschko got into politics where he is currently serving as the Mayor of Kiev, Ukraine
ABOUT VITALI KLITSCHKO:
Klitschko is a three-time world heavyweight champion, and is the eighth longest reigning heavyweight champion of all time. He held the WBO title from 1999 to 2000; the Ring magazine title from 2004 to 2005; and the WBC title twice, from 2004 to 2005 and from 2008 to 2013. Standing at 2.01 metres (6 feet 7 inches), Klitschko was renowned for having exceptional ring dominance. With an 87.23% knockout percentage, he holds one of the best knockout-to-fight ratio of any champion in heavyweight boxing history, while also possessing a highly durable chin. His two losses came via a shoulder injury and a deep cut above his eye, both of which were recorded as stoppages but not outright knockouts; in both fights, however, he was leading on the judges’ scorecards. [Source: Wiki]