The Boxing Writers Association of America will honor Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko with the James A. Farley Award for “Honesty and Integrity in Boxing” at their 87th annual BWAA Awards Dinner, on June 6, 2012 in New York City.
The two most dominant heavyweights in the world, who just happen to be brothers, were chosen by a majority vote of the officers and the board of directors of the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) for their generous charity and solical work, as well as for their exemplary behavior over the years.
Vitali, age 40, is 44-2 with 40 KOs and holds the WBC heavyweight belt. Wladimir, 36, is 57-3 with 50 KOs. He is recognized as the champion by THE RING magazine and also holds the WBA, IBF, and WBO titles.
Professionals since 1996, the brothers have conducted themselves with class and dignity inside and outside of the ring. The Klitschkos are the only world champions in history to have attained doctorate degrees. Both are fluent in multiple languages. In addition to starting the Klitschko Brothers Foundation, they are heavily involved in the Unesco Program for Children in Need and the Laureus Sports for Good Foundation. The brothers have given back to the community by sponsoring charity and community outreach projects.
Vitali has twice run for mayor of Kiev, campaigning on an anti-corruption platform. Since turning pro, the brothers have been true professionals. In the often antagonistic days of pre-fight promotion prior to matches, they have responded to verbal attacks from opponents with poise and humor, letting their actions in the ring speak.
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