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1971: Ukrainian boxer and politician Vitali Klitschko (right), a former WBC, WBO and The Ring magazine heavyweight champion, is born in Belovodsk, Kirghiz SSR, Soviet Union. Klitschko compiled a career record of 45-2, with 41 of his wins coming by knockout. He holds the second best knockout-to-fight ratio of any champion in heavyweight boxing history, after Rocky Marciano, and is the eighth longest reigning heavyweight champion of all time. He officially launched a political career in 2006 and was elected mayor of Kiev, Ukraine, in May 2014. His younger brother, Wladimir Klitschko (left), is the longest reigning IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight champion in history with the most title defenses for those organizations. Together they held every major heavyweight championship belt before Vitali's retirement in 2012.
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