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 about 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.
What is very interesting is that in Boxing Klitschko prided himself in saying he had never been knocked down.
He had to have been referring to boxing only because in Kickboxing it happened twice. The first time was in 1992 when Pele Reid knocked him out with a spinning kick. The second time was in 1995 by Wiliam van Roosmalen. For those not aware, William is the father of Glory Kickboxing champion Robin van Roosmalen. The fight with William van Roomsalen took place in Ukraine, odds of seeing that footage are probably zero at this point. There is, however, footage of the spinning kick knockout at the hands of Pele Reid.
The first video below will show you a highlight of Vitali fighting Kickboxing, and the second video will show you the spinning kick knockout at the hands of Pele Reid. Would have been nice to see Klitschko try and tangle with the K-1 fighters in the mid 90’s.
Vitali Klitschko Kickboxing Highlight
Vitali Klitschko Knockout Loss To Pele Reid