With good looks, Herculean muscles and a perfect 20 knockouts in 20 professional bouts, Joshua has quickly become one of the sport's biggest global stars. Parker is in his career with 18 knockouts. He has made two successful defenses of his world title since winning it in a bout with Andy Ruiz Jr.
He had a successful amateur career, culminating in a gold medal at the Olympics. After that achievement and a record of , he made the move up to join the professional ranks.
Klitschko had his pro debut on November 16, against Fabian Meza, and he made it quick with a first-round KO. He kept an extremely high pace during , fighting 13 times, with three fights in the month of December.
By the end of the year, he had a record of with 14 knockouts. He built up a record, but on December 5, , he suffered a shocking upset, losing by TKO in the 11th round to Ross Puritty, who came into the fight with a record. Wladimir Klitschko recovered well from the loss, though, winning the WBA Inter-Continental heavyweight title on July 17, , and adding the European heavyweight title to his collection one fight later.
After a string of impressive performances, he earned his first world title fight when he took on Chris Byrd on October 14, for the WBO heavyweight belt.
Klitschko dropped Byrd twice during the contest on his way to a clear unanimous decision victory after 12 rounds. He defended the belt five times before suffering another surprising upset loss.
Wladimir Klitschko would bounce back impressively from that loss, as he put together a fight win streak starting on October 2, and lasting until near the end of It was a streak of near-total dominance, as he stopped most of his challengers and avenged his loss to Lamon Brewster.
It came to an end on November 28, when he fought Tyson Fury, the brash British heavyweight known for his trash talk and unique style. Wladimir Klitschko News.