Is Heavyweight Champ Vitali Klitschko Retiring Soon?
According to FightNews.com, WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko has announced that the end of his career is coming soon.
"I am now finishing my sports career," Klitschko told Ukraine's TVi television on Thursday. "I will have one more fight, maybe two at most." The 40-year-old champion, who plans to go full time into politics, added "Wladimir is five years younger and you will continue to enjoy his fights for a long time."
Vitali Klitschko (43-2, 40 KOs) began campaigning for mayor of Kiev shortly after his retirement in 2005. He lost the 2006 mayoral election to Leonid Chernovetskyi but placed second with 26% of the vote, ahead of the incumbent Oleksandr Omelchenko. Klitschko campaigned on an anti-corruption platform associated with Pora party. Analysts stated his relatively late entry into the campaign might have cost him votes. Still, he was elected as a people's deputy to the Kiev City Council.
In the May 2008 Kiev local election he ran again and won 18% of the vote. His party, Vitaliy Klychko Bloc, won 10.61% of the votes and 15 seats and again he was elected into the Kiev City Council. His campaign hired Rudy Giuliani as a consultant for the campaign. In 2008 he was also appointed to the Ukrainian delegation of the Congress of the Council of Europe.
Vitali became the leader of the Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform in April 2010. During the 2010 Ukrainian local elections the party won representatives in (Ukrainian) municipalities and Oblast Councils (regional parliaments).
FightSaga rates Vitali Klitschko as the world's best heavyweight and No. 3 on its pound-for-pound list. At 40, Klitschko may very well be in his prime as his performances have gotten better and better against top-tier talent in the last two years.
Klitschko is the current WBC heavyweight champion and is the first professional boxing world champion to hold a Ph.D.
The elder Klitschko is known for his punching power and durability. With an 88% knockouts-to-fights ratio, he has the highest knockout-to-fight ratio of any champion in heavyweight boxing history. He has never been knocked down in any professional boxing bout, and has also never lost a decision. His two losses have come via a shoulder injury during a fight and a deep cut above his eye, which resulted in TKO losses. His power and his possession of a Ph.D has led to his nickname, Dr. Ironfist.
Klitschko's younger brother, Wladimir Klitschko, is the current WBA Super, IBF, WBO, IBO and Ring Magazine world heavyweight champion.
Its possible that, even given his fine credentials, Vitali will retire without having defeated a true heavyweight superstar.
Source: Wikipedia, Oct 28
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