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Millions came from boxing

THURSDAY, DEC. 5, 2013

Ukrainian Vitali Klitschko speaks during the parliament session in Kiev, Ukraine, last month. (Associated Press)
Ukrainian Vitali Klitschko speaks during the parliament session in Kiev, Ukraine, last month. (Associated Press)

Unlike many Ukrainian politicians who are accused of making their fortunes in shady business deals in the tumultuous post-Soviet era, Vitali Klitschko’s millions come from a transparent source – the boxing ring.

Dubbed Dr. Ironfist for his prowess in the boxing ring, Klitschko has scored 45 victories in 47 fights, 41 of them with knockouts. He has successfully defended his heavyweight title 11 times, most recently in September 2012, and plans to have one more bout before he retires.

His brother, Wladimir Klitschko, 37, is another heavyweight world boxing champion. Wladimir Klitschko is engaged to the American actress Hayden Panettiere.


 

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