World heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko to marry to American actress Hayden Panettiere.
World heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko has landed a knockout future wife by getting engaged to American actress Hayden Panettiere.
Panettiere began her acting career as a teenager, playing a series of good-girl roles before hitting the big time as Claire Bennet, a cheerleader with super powers, in the American TV series Heroes.
The couple began their on-off relationship in 2009 and finally rekindled their romance earlier this year.
Little and large: Hayden Panettiere and fiance Vladimir Klitschko enjoy some time together on the beach with friends in Hollywood
Love is in the air: Rumours about the couple's engagement were circulating for months before it was finally confirmed on Wednesday
Diamond fighter: Hayden Panettiere has confirmed her engagement to world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko
Knockout: Panettiere made her name in the American TV series Heroes playing the role of Claire Bennet
Reason to celebrate: Heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko is engaged to Hayden Panettiere
The American-born actress sparked rumours last month when she was pictured at Los Angeles Airport wearing a ring, but neither of the couple were ready to confirm their good news.
It wasn't until Wednesday that Panettiere confirmed their engagement, four days after Klitschko successfully defended his world titles against Alexander Povetkin in Moscow.
Giant Klitschko, 6ft 6in, towers over his petite fiancee Panettiere, who is a slight ft 1in.
Daytime talk show host Kelly Ripa coaxed the news out of the 24-year-old actress, star of the ABC television drama 'Nashville,' by commenting on a large ring on her finger.
American beauty: Hayden Panettiere sparked rumours last month when she was pictured at Los Angeles Airport wearing a ring
Jetting off: Hayden Panettiere gets ready to fly out of New York on Wednesday after announcing her engagement to the press
Put a ring on it: Hayden Panettiere was pictured at La Guardia Airport on Wednesday wearing the her new diamond
Titan: Wladimir Klitschko poses during the official weigh for his recent world championship fight in Moscow
Making a splash: Hayden Panettiere is pictured relaxing and sunbathing on a yacht during the Cannes Film Festival
'I think it speaks for itself,' Panettiere said on the talk show 'Live with Kelly & Michael.'
The actress then said 'I am' when Ripa asked her directly if she was engaged. Panettiere added that a wedding date has not been set.
Klitschko, 37, is the second-longest reigning heavyweight champion in history.
Lennox Lewis told Russian promoters that he will come back to fight one of the Klitschko brothers for the biggest purse in boxing history, as revealed by Sportsmail on Wednesday.
The happy couple: Hayden has finally confirmed she is engaged to Klitschko after months of speculation
Actress: Hayden Panetierre played country singer Juliette Barnes in the American series Nashville
Big hitter: Alexander Povetkin (left) and Wladimir Klitschko in action during the heavyweight fight at the Olympyisky arena
Heroes: Hayden Panettiere as Claire Bennet the cheerleader in the American TV series