It’s official, Wladimir Klitschko and long-time girlfriend Hayden Panettiere are now engaged. Boxing fans of course are quite familiar with the couple, who first began dating in 2009 but then split for some time before reconnecting as of late.[Also See: Wladimir Klitschko, the Most Interesting Man in the World]
Recently, the pair has been inseparable, with Panettiere showing up in support at Klitschko’s fights, and the two attending all sorts of other events together. So this shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise.
If you’re wondering what Klitschko can buy with the massive guarantees he receives, including the $23 million plus purse bid for his last fight, against Alexander Povetkin, then you know now. Panettiere showcased a massive diamond engagement ring while on Good Morning America, confirming the Klitschko and Panettiere engagement.
Maybe having a wife (and family?) to fight for will provide Klitschko with a little extra fighting spirit when he’s in the ring. Or maybe the guy just really needed somebody to hug, hence the inexplicable drudgery of his holding tactics.
Either way, here’s to the best for the happy couple.