While the brash Brit David Haye was creating scandals before the bout by wearing a T-shirt depicting him holding the Klitschkos severed heads, Wladimir didn’t stoop to such a level. “It’s not funny. It’s below the line of stupid,” he said in an interview with Britain’s Guardian newspaper.
There is much to admire in the brothers’ fighting attitude. Although it disappoints some fans, they enter every fight to win, whether that means putting on a show or not. For years they have honed their skills through dedication and effort, keeping in great shape and improving their technique.
Outside the ring, they are great role models. They are fluent in four languages – Russian, Ukrainian, English and German – they hold doctorates in sports science, and they give back to Ukraine in politics, social initiatives and investments.