When you hear the name Vitali Klitschko the first thing that comes to mind is boxing.
Rightfully so because Vitali Klitschko was a great boxer. He was a WBC heavyweight champion and a WBO heavyweight champion during his career. One thing a lot of people don’t know is that Klitschko was a Kickboxer before he was a Boxer.
He had over thirty fights as a Kickboxer, but you have to remember we are talking Kickboxing in the late 80’s and early 90’s. This isn’t like the Kickboxing you see today in Glory or Kunlun Fight, this was that old school Kickboxing where they wore pants. Pretty much what Lloyd Dobler insisted would be the next big thing in the movie Say Anything…, but it ended up not happening. Personally I blame the pants.
Klitschko did alright and compiled a record of 34-2. He then moved to boxing, which financially was probably the best move he could have made as he became a star and for a while was considered the best heavyweight in the world.
(Click next to see footage of Vitali Klitschko Kickboxing including his first knockout loss)