A Boxing Legend Retires…

3 Aug , 2017,

Say Goodbye to Wladimir Klitschko.

The best boxing Heavyweight in an era where people loved to hate Heavyweights, has retired from the game.  Gone are the days where there were numerous all-time greats competing simultaneously in the Heavyweight division and as a result, Klitschko’s impressive career has been overlooked.

The first half of his career was filled with achievements, but segmented by disappointments.  A confidence building win over Sam Peter in 2005 changed all that.  Even though he hit the canvas three times, he was able to decision Peter and go undefeated until 2017, where he lost against Anthony Joshua, a man who may lead Heavyweights for the next several years.

Fights to Watch:

  • 2002-12-07 | W-TKO 10 – Jameel McCline
    • Standing at 39-1 and still somewhat raw, Klitschko pounds out McCline and has been undefeated for 4 years.
  • 2003-03-08 | L-TKO 2 – Corrie Sanders
    • Sanders shocks Wladimir and the rest of the world, as he bursts onto the scene as a 40-1 underdog and scores the stunner inside of 2 rounds.
  • 2005-09-24 | W-UD 12 – Sam Peter
    • This is the fight where Wladimir turned the corner on his entire career.  Edgy fight.
  • 2006-04-22 | W-TKO 7 – Chris Byrd
    • A rematch against Byrd, where Wladimir absolutely tattoos a very talented but outsized fighter.
  • 2011-07-02 | W-UD 12 – David Haye
    • A showcase fight on the largest stage.
  • 2017-04-29 | L-TKO 11 – Anthony Joshua
    • A passing of the torch, but Joshua has to forcefully take it.

Final Record: 64-5-0
BoxRec All-Time Ranking: #6 HW | #16 P4P


  1. jcs August 4, 2017 at 9:53 am Reply

    Oh man.. Juan Manuel Marquez just retired as well.

    He was one of my all-time favorites.

  2. jcs August 3, 2017 at 1:17 pm Reply

    If you could’ve combined the best attributes of he and his brother, you would probably have the perfect Heavyweight.

    Both were huge. What Wladimir lacked in durability, Vitali had. What Vitali lacked in athleticism and offensive versatility, Wladimir had.

    Either way, you’ve got two Hall of Famers.

  3. oleg August 3, 2017 at 12:51 pm Reply

    Best of luck to the legend. The Joshua fight was the most exciting boxing match I’ve seen in years.

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