(born 19 July 1971) and Wladimir Klitschko
(born 25 March 1976), collectively known as The Klitschko brothers
They reside in Germany
, where they are media stars. Both brothers made their professional debut on November 6, 1996 in Hamburg
. Since then both have been heavyweight world champions in boxing. They have stated they will never fight each other.
After a series of injuries, Vitali had a career break of almost four years. In his comeback fight in Berlin
on October 11, 2008 he defeated Samuel Peter
to regain the title of WBC
world heavyweight champion. At that time Wladimir was already world heavyweight champion with the WBO
. This marked a historic first with two brothers world champions at the same time. Vitali retained the WBC
Heavyweight Championship in 2011. On July 2, 2011, Wladimir won the WBA
Title, which means that the Klitschko brothers hold all of the World Heavyweight Titles collectively.
The Klitschko brothers jointly run the professional boxing promotion companies "K2 Promotions
" and "K2 East Promotions
" , as well as the "Klitschko Brothers Fund
", a charity organisation. They appear together on German TV shows and commercials, have a common website and support each other's training and fights.