The fight lasted less than one whole round, as a right hand to Solis's temple wobbled Solis, who then twisted his knee.
Klitschko won by KO. The referee stopped the bout after Adamek received punishing blows and was ruled out, as he was no longer able to defend himself.
After turning 41 on 19 July , Vitali became one of the oldest Heavyweight Champions in history. Despite having a four-year hiatus from the sport, Vitali has proven to be a remarkably effective and dominant Heavyweight Champion once again.
Alongside his brother Wladimir, he also fights on for their shared ambition of holding all four Heavyweight Championship belts together, an ambition that was realised on 2 July when brother Wladimir defeated David Haye to win the WBA Heavyweight Championship.
After Wladimir Klitschko had to cancel his fight with Jean-Marc Mormeck , it was thought that Vitali was likely to fight on 25 February The fight was fought against a backdrop of antagonism displayed by the contender Dereck Chisora at the weigh in.
Chisora slapped Klitschko across the face causing a red mark to be left. Vitali won the majority of the rounds boxing a disciplined fight with changing angles and superior footwork.
Chisora, constantly coming forward delivering punishing body shots, failed to wear down the older man. A doctor confirmed a ligament tear was suffered in his left shoulder.
Klitschko said he "suddenly lost strength in the left hand" and was forced to only use his right. The injury was believed to have happened in the second or third round.
Klitschko's trainer, Fritz Zdunek, believes this is the same kind of injury Vitali suffered in his fight with Byrd.
At the post-fight press conference, a brawl ensued between Haye and Chisora. After the altercation, Chisora challenged Haye to a fight in the ring and said, "I am going to shoot David Haye.
His comments and actions were later condemned by Frank Warren, his promoter, and Wladimir Klitschko. Klitschko was expected to face Bermane Stiverne in a mandatory title defense, but was forced to pull out due to injury.
On 15 December , Vitali Klitschko stepped back from boxing. He was announced champion emeritus, which means that if he wants to return to boxing, he can fight the WBC Heavyweight Champion without having any fights beforehand.
Since his retirement, he has maintained a low key level of training and has been in his brother's corner for most fights, most famously when he had an altercation with Anthony Joshua after Anthony Joshua vs.
During the Ukrainian presidential election and the following Orange Revolution , the Klitschko brothers openly supported the candidacy of Viktor Yushchenko.
Klitschko began campaigning for Mayor of Kiev shortly after his retirement in Klitschko simultaneously led the Vitaliy Klychko Bloc that won According to information gained by the German magazine Der Spiegel , the target was to "set up Klitschko purposefully as a new strong man in Kiev — in order to counter this way the Kremlin's growing influence".
Support consisted in logistics, training and joint performances. In October , Klitschko announced that he would run in the Kiev mayoral election.
During the Ukrainian parliamentary election , Klitschko was elected he was top candidate on UDAR's party list into the Ukrainian parliament ; when his party won 40 seats.
Klitschko announced on 24 October that he intended to take part in the next Ukrainian presidential election that was then set for Klitschko was one of the dominant figures of the Euromaidan protests.
Klitschko headed the election list of the Petro Poroshenko Bloc in the late October Ukrainian parliamentary election , but he vowed not to resign as Mayor of Kiev.
In the Kiev Mayoral election Klitschko was reelected with Klitschko resigned as Petro Poroshenko Bloc chairman on 26 May after a new law barring a head of administration to be chairman or a member of a political party took effect on 1 May Klitschko's main concern is social standards and the economy of Ukraine.
In December Klitschko described the judicial system of Ukraine as "complete degradation" and accused it of violating human rights and humiliating its prisoners.
In early April Klitschko called for early presidential and parliamentary elections in Ukraine. The elder Klitschko was also one of the commanders in charge of cleaning up the effects of the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster in and was afterward diagnosed with cancer.
Klitschko has been accused of working as a debt collector in the s for mafia boss Viktor Rybalko. Vitali Klitschko is married to Natalia Egorova, a former athlete and model.
In , Klitschko graduated from the Pereyaslav-Khmelnytsky Pedagogical Institute Ukraine  and was accepted into the postgraduate study program at the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv.
On 29 February , he presented his doctoral thesis on "talent and sponsorship in sports"  at the "Kyiv University of Physical Science and Sports" and his PhD in Sports Science was conferred.
Klitschko has lived for years in Germany in addition to residing in Kiev. Both Vitali and his brother are avid chess players.
Vitali is a friend of former world chess champion Vladimir Kramnik and the two have played, with Kramnik always winning. Vitali has commented that "chess is similar to boxing.
You need to develop a strategy, and you need to think two or three steps ahead about what your opponent is doing.
You have to be smart. But what's the difference between chess and boxing? In chess, nobody is an expert, but everybody plays. In boxing everybody is an expert, but nobody fights.
Vitali and his brother also have been involved in charitable activities dedicated to supporting the needs of schools, churches and children. Edit Read in another language Vitali Klitschko.
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A massive start to the fifth from Joshua, who hurts Klitschko early and often. The Ukrainian does well to survive before finally dropping to the canvas, wilting down onto his knees.
Joshua's caught cold in the opening seconds of the fourth, taking not one but two rights in quick succession. He briefly looks stunned - but soon bounces back around on his toes to suggest he's shaken off the blows.
AJ recovers his composure and tries to land a big right of his own, only to catch 'Dr Steelhammer' on the shoulder. Good job too, or else the prescription would've been nothing but pain.
Ah, now here's the aggressive AJ so many expected to see early on. He pressurises Klitscho and gets the chance to work inside. The short left hook is working well for him, and is the table-setter for the overhand right.
Klitschko looks far less comfortable when he's being backed up. He tries the left-hook lead that has caught out many in the final minute of the third, but Joshua sees it coming and covers up.
Joshua is the one stepping forward, at times doubling up the jab in an attempt. Klitschko has good head movement and continues to feint in the hope of launching a counter, but as yet he's thrown very little.
There was one nice right hand early on in the round - and that could well be enough to sway the ringside judges. Tough, tough round to score. Klitschko is using his left-hand, positioned low, near his hip, to feint his opponent.
The right is the punch he wants to land, but for now it's all about finding his range and sizing up the champion. Joshua lands the best punch of the first, a short, sharp left hook on a rare occasion when the two are up close.
He's also on target with one right over the top of the Klitschko jab, but it is, as expected, a cautious start from both men. Off we go then and Sky Bet still make Joshua their odds-on favourite.
The firm are hoping he doesn't win early - an outcome which has been extremely popular with UK punters. It's your last chance to get on board Sky Bet's headline Price Boost: AJ is lifted into the London night on a stage as he makes a spectacular entrance.
The IBF champion looks remarkably calm as he heads down towards the ring, bumping fists with fans as he smiles all the way.
Will the new owner reveal all, though? Steelhammer, clad eerily in black. Arnold Schwarzenegger is at Wembley Stadium - that's a heavyweight Hollywood star in the house!
Oh, and the cards at the time of the stoppage: ROUND 7 Klitschko popping out the jab with regularity - you know it's only a matter of time until he follows it up with that right hand again.
Uppercut after uppercut from Klitschko seems to empty the tank of Joshua. ROUND 4 Joshua's caught cold in the opening seconds of the fourth, taking not one but two rights in quick succession.
We're now 12 minutes through and still so, so many questions are unanswered. He's setting him up," says Deontay Wilder.