World Boxing Council Names Vitali Klitschko Boxer of the Year
Kyiv, January 18, 2012. Vitali Klitschko won the title Boxer of the Year in the chart Best WBC Boxers and Boxing Bouts of the Year, reported World Boxing News. In 2011 Klitschko made two mandatory bouts this year confirming his title as WBC World Champion.
World Boxing Council (WBC) named Saul “Canelo” Alvarez from Mexico the World Champion of the Year since he conquered the vacant Superwelterweight title, as well as defended it three times. As a result, Alvarez fought four championship bouts in 2011.
Pongsaklek Wonjongkam, Thailand, received the WBC title Boxer of the Decade after he fought his 26th championship bout in his professional career.
The Bout of the Year award went to the spectacular Victor Ortiz versus Andre Berto showdown that brought Victor Ortiz WBC welterweight title (which he lost later in the year to Floyd Mayweather Jr.).
In 2011 Vitali Klitschko, a 40 year old Ukrainian heavyweight champion, defended his WBC title on March 19 and September 10. He won over Cuban athlete Odlanier Solis with a technical knockout in the first round. “I’m disappointed, because I’ve been counting on all 12 rounds,” commented the result of the match Vitali Klitschko. The fight with Klitschko was the first defeat for the 2004 Olympic champion Solis over the course of his career – 18 successful fights. The match with Polish Tomasz Adamek in September brought Vitali his 43rd victory. Klitschko senior lost only two matches in his professional career.
Vitali Klitschko together with his younger brother, the current WBA, IBF, IBO, WBO, and Ring Magazine Champion Volodymyr Klitschko continue making boxing history with the constantly growing interest for their matches among audiences around the world. Notably, the German broadcast of the match between Volodymyr Klitschko and David Haye received viewing numbers that broke the record set by Vitali Klitschko’s fight with Shannon Briggs in 2010. Overall, around 500 million viewers from 150 countries around the world have watched the live telecast of the Haye-Klitschko match.
Furthermore, for the first time in history of boxing all major heavyweight boxing belts belong to one family – the Klitschko family. “From now on the fans won’t have a hard time remembering the names of the world heavyweight champions,” joked the newly inaugurated WBA Champion, 35 year old Volodymyr Klitschko at the press conference in Kyiv that followed his July 2, 2011, victory over Haye in Hamburg, Germany.