Wladimir Klitschko is one of the dominant heavyweight champions. Not only in the arena of boxing, he’s a passionate golfer as well. He has participated in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship held in Scotland in the year 2008. Keep reading to know more about Wladimir Klitschko’s net worth in 2018.
Wladimir Klitschko Early Life
He was born on 25th March 1976 in Semipalatinsk, Kazakh SSR, USSR. He went to Pereyaslav-Khmelnitsky Pedagogical Institute for his graduation. Afterwards he went to Kiev University for his post graduation. As a child he was always inclined towards boxing, which he later took as his profession as well. Not just a World Champion; he has acted in a few blockbuster hits as well. He is engaged to Hollywood actress Hayden Panettire and they both have a beautiful daughter in 2014.
Wladimir Klitschko Career, Awards & Achievement
Before kick starting his professional boxing career, he was a coach at the famous Gwardia Warszawa boxing club. It was in the year 1993 itself that he bagged the Junior European Heavyweight Championship.
The world has known him as “The Steel Hammer” or “Dr Steel Hammer”. All this happened after his participation at the 1996 Summer Olympics which was held at Atlanta Georgia.
He made his debut with a victory over Ross Puritty. Again he knocked out Paea Wolfgramm in the first round itself in March 2000. During his entire professional career he has participated in a total of 69 fights, where he had 54 wins and 5 losses. And to add more to it, of these 54 victories, 53 were won via knockout.
Few of his notable matches include his fights against Samuel Peter, Chris Byrd, Eddie Chambers and David Haye. He has acted in various movies; some of them are: Rabbit without Ears (2007), Ocean’s Eleven (2001) and Pain and Gain (2013).
After April 2015, he only fought twice, and was badly defeated in both the bouts. It was on 3rd August 2017, that he officially announced his retirement from boxing.
Awards & Achievements
He was the most dominant heavyweight champion for the decade.
He is the only boxer who has the maximum number of wins in the category of heavyweight title bouts (25); maximum number of wins in undisputed championship bouts (15) and also the maximum number of consecutive defenses of undisputed title (14).
On a whole throughout his career he competed in 29 world title fights.
His April 2015 fight against Anthony Joshua was a massive hit. There were almost 90,000 fans at the Wembley Stadium, London; and more than one million people bought the pay pay-per-view in England. Almost 10 million people watched the fight over television which hence paid him more than $3 million to broadcast every fight.
In 1993, he won the gold medal at Junior European Championships and in 1995 at the Military World Championships.
During the summer 1996 Olympics held at Atlanta, he won the super heavy weight gold medal by defeating Paea Wolfgramm.
Not just in the boxing arena he has won the German television Award in the year 2011 for the category of Best Sports Program. In 2017 he won the Bambi Award in the sports category and also, he won the golden camera award in 2005.
Net Worth of Wladimir Klitschko
Klitschko is a popular pitchman in Europe and has deals with SAP, Porsche, Deutsche Telecom and McFit. Wladimir Klitschko’s salary per winning is about $17.5 million and his earning from various endorsements is about $4 million. On the Forbes list for the year 2017 he was ranked 98 on the list of The World’s Highest Paid Athletes.
Known as “The Steel Hammer”, he undoubtedly is the steel hammer. With a almost 97% win-win; he was the champion of the decade.
Not only in the arena of boxing, he’s a passionate golfer as well. He has participated in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship held in Scotland in the year 2008. In the year 2009, he was named as the curator of the Ukrainian Pavilion at Venice Biennale. From October 2015, he is a professor at University of St. Gallen, Switzerland where he teaches the master’s students.