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Wladimir Klitscho retires: Dr Steelhammer's 5 biggest wins

Leigh Copson in Boxing 3 Aug 2017
Wladimir Klitschko (credit: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

Wladimir Klitschko has confirmed his retirement from boxing, and Bettingpro.com's Leigh Copson has been taking a look back at some of the biggest wins in the career of 'Dr Steelhammer'.

Klitschko v DaVarryl Williamson (October 2004)


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You are probably asking DaVarryl who, but there was a time where Klitschko’s whole career was riding on the outcome of this fight. ‘Dr Steelhammer’ went into the fight on the back of a fifth-round knockout loss to Lamon Brewster – the second time he had been stopped in four fights – and he had to pick himself up off the canvas in this one. Klitschko did just that though, resurrecting his career on the judges’ scorecards after a cut from an accidental clash of heads ended the fight prematurely.

Klitschko v Lamon Brewster 2 (July 2007)


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This fight was all about revenge. Klitschko had been knocked out in the fifth round when the two men had met three years earlier, but since that date the Ukrainian had reeled of six straight wins to become a world champion once again. He now had the opportunity to right a previous wrong and he did just that, dominating the contest before Brewster’s trainer pulled his man out of the fight following the conclusion of round six. 

Klitschko v David Haye (July 2011)


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This showdown between Klitschko and David Haye was considered the biggest heavyweight showdown for quite some time, with the outspoken Londoner vowing to end the Klitschko brothers’ dominance of the division. That is not what happened… in the slightest. ‘Dr Steelhammer’ dominated from start to finish and afterwards Haye was ridiculed for claiming a broken toe was the reason for the one-sided drubbing.

Klitschko v Alexander Povetkin (October 2013)


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It was a case of third time lucky when it came to setting up this fight, and there was a real sense of intrigue in the build-up to the contest between two former Olympic gold medallists. Alexander Povetkin boasted a perfect record and had recently dispatched of Ruslan Chagaev, Marco Huck and Hasim Rahman, but his crude approach in the fight failed to trouble Klitschko as the Ukrainian picked apart his opponent, dropping him four times en route to a comprehensive decision win.

Klitschko v Kubrat Pulev (November 2014)


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Kubrat Pulev came into this fight with a fearsome reputation having stopped six of his last nine opponents to take his professional record to a perfect 20-0, but he was – quite frankly – not in Klitschko’s league. ‘Dr Steelhammer’ dropped the challenger four times – with a left hook doing the job each time – and the last of those knockdowns brought the fight to a close in the fifth round.


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Wladimir Klitscho retires: Dr Steelhammer's 5 biggest wins

Wladimir Klitschko has confirmed his retirement from boxing, and Bettingpro.com's Leigh Copson has been taking a look back at some of the biggest wins in the career of 'Dr Steelhammer'.

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