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HBO tells the Klitschko story

Ukrainian heavyweight boxers Wladimir Klitschko (R) and his

Ukrainian heavyweight boxers Wladimir Klitschko (R) and his brother Vitali Klitschko (L) give a press conference in Moscow, on July 8, 2011. Wladimir and his fellow heavyweight champion elder brother, Vitali, arrived on July 8 in Moscow shortly after Wladimir's victory over Britain's Haye meaning the family now holds all four of the major world titles in professional heavyweight boxing. AFP PHOTO / NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA (Photo credit should read NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA/AFP/Getty Images) Credit: Getty/NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA

What makes heavyweight champion brothers Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko tick? Just watch the HBO documentary “Klitschko” set to air on Saturday, September 8at 5:30 p.m.

Director Sebastian Dehnhardt gives viewers a no-holds-barred account of the Klitschko brothers rise to the top of the boxing world and what led to it. The film contains detailed interviews with the Klitschko’s parents, trainers and even some of their opponents.

The brothers describe their meager upbringing and how they got their start in boxing, including Wladimir admitting he was “scared” of the sport at 10 years old.

It includes many tidbits about the two that most viewers will find surprising, especially the Klitschko’s taking karate lessons. Western martial arts were illegal in the Soviet Union during their childhood. The ban wasn’t lifted until 1989.  

It’s a truly intimate look into the lives of the Klitschko’s in and out of the ring and certainly worth viewing on HBO. 

For those who miss the first viewing on Saturday night, HBO will replay the documentary a dozen more times through the end of the month. It will also be available on HBO On Demand and HBO Go.

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