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Vitali Klitschko confirms intent to run for Ukrainian Presidency

Phil Jay 24/10/2013

Current WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko has announced that he will indeed aim to become President of his native Ukraine in 2015 putting an end to the constant rumours surrounding the UDAR Party leader’s political plans.

The 42 year-old, who has been a formidable force in the sport along with younger brother Wladimir for over a decade, has been mixing his boxing career with formal political engagements for past few years as he winds down his prolonged stint as an athlete.

“I have decided to run for president of Ukraine 2015,” proclaimed Vitali in his speech.

Klitschko, who has only lost once to Lennox Lewis since 2003 and twice in 47 bouts, has now made the decision to go public on his intentions and could now call time on fighting at any stage, with the likelihood that a farewell title defence will be on the cards in the first half of 2014.

Some reports are suggesting that former WBA title holder and Wladimir foe David Haye could be Vitali’s final opponent in what has been a glittering pro career, given that the Briton comes through Tyson Fury on February 8 in Manchester, England.

To most, Klitschko’s statement at parliament today comes as no surprise and ‘Dr. Ironfist’ will go up against current President Viktor Yanukovych for his countries biggest honour at the next elections in March 2015.