August 3, 2017
August 3, 2017
Wladimir Klitschko

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WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO has announced his immediate retirement from boxing.

Here, Press Association Sport explores the numbers behind the career one of the world’s finest ever heavyweights.

69

– The number of fights Klitschko had during his 21-year professional career.

64

– The number of victories he achieved throughout the course of those 69 fights.

1

Wladimir Klitschko with his gold medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics
Klitschko with his gold medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games (Kathy Willens/AP)

– Olympic gold medal won, at the 1996 Games in Atlanta. He later sold his medal for one million US dollars, donating the proceeds to his charity, the Klitschko Foundation.

53

– The number of his professional victories that came via knockout.

369

– Rounds boxed.

5

– Professional defeats, by Anthony Joshua, Tyson Fury, Lamon Brewster, Corrie Sanders and Ross Puritty. Fury was the only of those five to outpoint the Ukrainian.

29

– The number of world heavyweight title fights in which Klitschko was involved.

23,333,330

– The reported winning purse bid, in US dollars, for his 2013 defeat of Russia’s Alexander Povetkin.

90,000

Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley Stadium
Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley Stadium (Nick Potts/PA)

– The number present at Wembley Stadium on April 29, and a post-war boxing record in the UK, for the fight with Joshua.

41

– The age at which Klitschko announced his retirement.

2

– The heavyweight twice reigned as world champion.

11

Wladimir Klitschko faces off against Tyson Fury
Tyson Fury was the only fighter to outpoint Klitschko (Simon Cooper/PA)

– He also went 11 years without defeat, between that by Brewster in 2004 and that in 2015 by Fury.

198

– Klitschko’s height, in centimetres, or 6ft 6in.

206

– Klitschko’s reach, in centimetres.