Brains versus brawn. The pen versus the sword. Might against intellect. It’s a battle that seems to have raged forever. Often, the assumption is that it’s one or the other – yet this is by no means always the case. Practically all professional boxers are well-honed athletes, but some have also proven they’ve got just as much power in their brains as they have in their biceps. It’s not all black and white: there is room for grey matter.
It’s the Ukrainian Klitschko brothers who’ve most famously wowed the world with both their academic prowess and their skills in the boxing ring. Wladimir Klitschko was awarded a PhD in Sports Science in 2001, while his older brother, Vitali, is nicknamed Dr. Ironfist and is the first pro boxing world champ with a PhD – just beating Wladimir to the punch, you might say. Vitali is currently the WBC heavyweight champion and a member of the Ukrainian parliament; and current WBA (Super), WBO, IBF and IBO heavyweight champ Wladimir speaks four languages.
Yet there are other big-name fighters who’ve managed to cut it in university and show their brainpower, too. Read on for 10 boxing champions who you’d never guess had college degrees.