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


Advertisement:

Posted on August 3, 2017 by jcs

Boxing | Comments (3)




share this page

    3 Comments

    • jcs says:

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

      He was one of my all-time favorites.

    • jcs says:

      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.

    • oleg says:

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


    Have a Comment?

    Please use the box below to submit a comment. Before clicking the "submit" button, review the information above the button, or else your comment is subject to deletion.

    Before asking where a specific fighter is ranked or why they aren't ranked:

    - We update the rankings once per week, usually on Sunday or Monday.

    - Fighters who have not fought in 450 days or more ARE NOT RANKED UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.

    - Use the "Fighter Search" option in the upper-right of the page. The fighter may be ranked in a different division.

    - Most of the divisions have multiple pages beyond this one. See the clickable ranges above and below the ranking table.


    Furthermore, we do not maintain the "next fight" data. This is gathered from Sherdog. Any issues regarding this data should be forwarded to them.