By a vote of the officers and the board of directors of the Boxing Writers Association of America, brothers Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko have been chosen to receive the James A. Farley Award for “Honesty and Integrity in
Boxing.” They will be honored at the 87th annual BWAA Awards Dinner,
on June 6, 2012 in New York City.
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 the WBA, IBF, and WBO
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
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.
The BWAA awards banquet is scheduled for June 6, 2012, in New York
City. For additional information go to bwaa.org