Vitali Klitschko, former heavyweight champion of the world, became the first Ukrainian member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame. The jury elected him and another two fighters – Erik Morales and Ronald Wright – out of 32 candidates to be included in the Hall (in the Modern Boxers category).
‘Becoming the Hall of Fame member is a dream of many boxers. I thought about it, but I never expected to find myself among the legends whom I have always admired – the people like Mohammed Ali, Mike Tyson and many other famous boxers. It’s a big honor for me,’ the Ukrainian said.
As a boxer, Klitschko, Sr. is a three-time world heavyweight champion, the second longest reigning WBC heavyweight champion of all time, has the third longest combined world championship reign in history and the 5th longest combined title streak in modern boxing history at 15 title bouts. He held the WBO title from 1999 to 2000; the Ring magazine title from 2004 to 2005; and the WBC title twice, from 2004 to 2005 and from 2008 to 2013.