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A champion is someone who gets up when he can't.
• Boxing is a combat sport in which two
people engage in a contest of strength,
speed, reflexes, endurance and will, by
throwing punches at each other, usually
with gloved hands. Historically, the goals
have been to weaken and knock down the
• Amateur boxing is both an Olympic and Commonwealth sport and is a common fixture in most
international games—it also has its own World Championships. Boxing is supervised by a referee over a
series of one- to three-minute intervals called rounds.
The result is decided when an opponent is deemed incapable to continue by a referee, is disqualified for breaking a
rule, resigns by throwing in a towel, or is pronounced the winner or loser based on the judges' scorecards at the end
of the contest. In the event that both fighters gain equal scores from the judges, the fight is considered a draw.
• Amateur boxing may be found at the
collegiate level, at the Olympic Games
and Commonwealth Games, and in many
other venues sanctioned by amateur
boxing associations. Amateur boxing has
a point scoring system that measures the
number of clean blows landed rather than
physical damage. Bouts consist of three
rounds of three minutes in the Olympic
and Commonwealth Games, and three
rounds of three minutes in a national ABA
(Amateur Boxing Association) bout, each
with a one-minute interval between
Professional boxing• Professional bouts are usually much
longer than amateur bouts, typically
ranging from ten to twelve rounds, though
four round fights are common for less
experienced fighters or club fighters.
There are also some two- and three-
round professional bouts, especially in
Australia. Through the early twentieth
century, it was common for fights to have
unlimited rounds, ending only when one
fighter quit, benefiting high-energy
fighters like Jack Dempsey. Fifteen rounds
remained the internationally recognized
limit for championship fights for most of
the twentieth century until the early 1980s,
when the death of boxer Duk Koo Kim
eventually prompted the World Boxing
Council and other organizations
sanctioning professional boxing to reduce
the limit to twelve rounds.
The modern boxing stance differs substantially from the typical boxing stances of the 19th and
early 20th centuries. The modern stance has a more upright vertical-armed guard, as opposed to
the more horizontal, knuckles-facing-forward guard adopted by early 20th century hook users
such as Jack Johnson.
There are four basic punches in boxing: the jab, cross, hook and uppercut. Any punch other than a
jab is considered a power punch. If a boxer is right-handed (orthodox), his left hand is the lead
hand and his right hand is the rear hand. For a left-handed boxer or southpaw, the hand
positions are reversed. For clarity, the following discussion will assume a right-handed boxer.
There are several basic maneuvers a boxer can use in order to evade or block punches, depicted
and discussed below.
• Wladimir Klitschko is a Ukrainian professional boxer who competes in
the heavyweightdivision. He is a multiple-time world champion.
Klitschko was born in Semipalatinsk, Kazakh SSR (now Semey, Kazakhstan). His
father, Vladimir Rodionovich Klitschko (1947–2011), was a Soviet Air Force major
general and a military attaché of Ukraine in Germany; he was also one of the
commanders in charge of cleaning up the effects of the Chernobyl disaster in 1986
and was afterward diagnosed with cancer. Wladimir's mother is Nadezhda
Ulyanovna. He is the younger brother of former WBC, WBO & Ring magazine
heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko, the current Mayor of Kiev.
In the summer of 1996, Klitschko finished his studies at Pereyaslav-Khmelnitsky
Pedagogical Institute (Ukraine) and was accepted in the postgraduate study program
of Kiev University. On 18 January 2001, in a conference hall of Kiev University of
physical science and sports, Klitschko presented his doctoral dissertation and was
awarded a PhD in Sports Science. In addition to Ukrainian, Klitschko also speaks
Russian, German and English.
• Amateur career
In the early 1990s, Klitschko was coached in Poland's Gwardia
Warszawa boxing club, where, according to Jerzy Kulej, "He and
his brother used to demolish our boys."In 1993, he won the Junior
European Championships as a heavyweight. In 1994, he received
2nd place at the Junior World Championships in Istanbul, Turkey.
In 1995, he won the gold medal at the Military Championships in
Ariccia, Italy, defeating Luan Krasniqi, who he had lost to in the
third round of the World Championships in Berlin, Germany
earlier that year. In 1996, he captured 2nd place as a Super
Heavyweight at the European Championships in Vejle, Denmark.
He had an amateur record of 134–36. Known as "Dr.
Steelhammer", he first achieved world attention at the 1996
Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. He defeated Paea
Wolfgramm to win the Super-Heavyweight gold medal. He is
announced as "Dr. Steelhammer," a nickname similar to his
brother, Vitali, who goes by "Dr. Ironfist." Both brothers hold
• Professional career
Klitschko turned professional with Universum
Box-Promotion in Hamburg under the tutelage of
Fritz Sdunek. After building an undefeated
record of 24–0, he suffered his first loss to
journeyman Ross Puritty, who entered the bout
with a record of 24–13–1. Wladimir Klitschko's
coach, Fritz Sdunek, jumped into the ring and
stopped the fight at the start of the eleventh
round. On 18 March 2000, Wladimir fought Paea
Wolfgramm, whom he fought previously in the
1996 Super Heavyweight Olympic Finals. In
their professional rematch, Klitschko knocked
Wolfgramm out in the first round.
• Oleksandr Oleksandrovich Usyk is a Ukrainian professional
boxer who won the 2008 European Amateur Boxing
Championships at light-heavyweight, the 2011 World Amateur
Boxing Championships at heavyweight and the gold medal at
the 2012 London Olympics in the heavyweight division. He is a
• Amateur career
At the 2006 European Championships he won his first three matches
against little-known opponents, in the semi-final he was
outclassed by Russian star Matvey Korobov.
He then moved up to light-heavyweight later and won the Strandja
Cup in 2008.
In February 2008, he moved up another weightclass and was sent to
the Olympic qualifier in Roseto degli Abruzzi replacing European
Champion Denys Poyatsyka. There he defeated world class Azeri
Elchin Alizade and Daniel Price.At Beijing he easily beat world
class local Yushan Nijiati (23:4) but ran into world champion
Clemente Russo and lost (4:7).
He dropped down to light-heavy and captured the European
Championships 2008 but later went up again.
At the 2011 World Amateur Boxing Championships he beat Artur
Beterbiyev and Teymur Mammadov to win the Heavyweight title
and qualify for the Olympics.
At the 2012 Olympic Games (results) in London, Usyk won the gold
medal, beating Artur Beterbiyev, Tervel Pulev and Italy's
Clemente Russo, outscoring him by 6-3 in Round 3.
• Professional career
Usyk turned pro in late 2013 and signed
a promotional deal with the Klitschko
brothers' K2 Promotions. Usyk will
fight in the Cruiserweight division.On
November 9, 2013, Usyk made his
professional debut by defeating
Mexican fighter Felipe Romero via a
fifth round knockout.Usyk won his
first belt in Lviv on October 4, 2014.
He beat Daniel Bruwer for the Inter-
Continental WBO Cruiserweight
• The name is now carried with the same pride in battle as those historical
leaders by theUkrainian franchise in the World Series of Boxing, a stage to
which the Eastern European nation announced themselves in scintillating
fashion in Season III.
• Ukraine has unequivocally produced some of the sport’s top talents in
recent times. Boasting the boxing talents of boxing superstars Vasyl
Lomachenko and Oleksandr Usyk led man spectators to believe the
debuting Ukrainians would be a force to be reckoned with in WSB.
However, few expected them to garner such success so quickly.