Originally Posted by Lucky Jim
He was not very popular in the US when he was still active.
He's become more popular now because Klitschko haters like the TS love to dwell on the result of his fight with Vitali.
He wasn't all that popular in Britain for a long while. Frank Bruno retiring opened up the door for him recieving increasing support. His popularity rose when people realised he could dominate the division and Britain would have an undisputed heavyweight champion for the first time since Fitzsimmons.