Former WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko has formally announced that he will indeed aim to become President of his native Ukraine in 2015.
The 42 year-old, who has been a formidable force in the boxing ring with younger brother Wladimir for over a decade, has been in the thick of political protests for past few months which are leading to big changes in his homeland.
With the removal of former leader Viktor Yanukovych, Klitschko has decided to throw his hat in the ring for the position – with the campaign set to begin in earnest.
“I will run for the position of the president of Ukraine because I am absolutely confident that it is time for Ukraine to change the rules of the game completely. There must be justice. I am positive this can be done,” Klitschko stated on Tuesday.
Klitschko, who was made ‘champion emeritus’ by the WBC in December having lost just once to Lennox Lewis in his sporting career, has always made his intentions clear throughout his stint as leader of the UDAR party.
This latest statement by ‘Dr. Ironfist’ comes as no surprise, with the formal elections set to take place on May 25 of this year.
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