President of Ukraine: Vitali Klitschko?

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According to CNN, WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (45-2, 41 KO) has officially announced his candidacy for president of Ukraine. Elections will take place in 2015.

"I want to say that I cannot be intimidated or stopped," stated Klitschko from the Ukrainian parliament rostrum in Kiev, the nation's capital.

"In order to put an end to various attempts to get rid of me as a possible candidate, I want to say that I'm running for president."





"I have a residence permit in Germany, but this doesn't violate the Ukrainian legislation, and I've always been a citizen of Ukraine."

The 42 year old Klitschko is not your typical fighter. He holds a master's degree in social development, a doctorate in sport science, is the leader of the Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform party and twice ran for mayor of Kiev.

Last year, the 6' 7½" pro-democracy heavyweight told Spiegel Online:

"Ukraine is a wonderful country with great potential and hospitable people..."

"Unfortunately, we are observing some very negative political developments. Like Yulia Tymoshenko, one opposition leader after another is being placed in prison. That damages Ukraine's image in the eyes of the world..."

"Ukraine is transforming itself into an increasingly authoritarian regime."

Vitali has won 45 of 47 bouts, amassing 41 knockouts. And while his brother, Wladimir, has arguably beaten better opposition, Vitali has been more impressive.

The elder Klitschko, whose fighting style is far more fan-friendly than his brother's, was stopped by Chris Byrd in 2000 and Lennox Lewis in 2003. Both fights were halted as a result injuries he sustained in the ring.


A loser of few rounds, Klitschko boasts an impressive 87 percent knockouts-to-fights ratio which is currently the highest of any heavyweight champion in history.

In his most recent fight, Vitali scored a fourth round TKO over previously unbeaten Manuel Charr (21-1, 11 KOs) on September 8, 2012.

It's not yet known when or if the pugilist/politician dubbed 'Dr. Ironfist' will fight again.


Vitali Klitschko Facts
  • Vitali is the first world boxing champion to hold a Ph.D. (Sports Science)
  • He has never been knocked down 
  • 'Dr. Ironfist' was awarded Germany's highest civilian award, the Federal Cross of Merit, due to his varied accomplishments outside the ring
  • Klitschko was an amateur kickboxer during his teens

Most Significant Wins
  • TKO 10 Tomasz Adamek - 2011
  • UD 12 Shannon Briggs - 2010
  • RTD 10 Chris Arreola - 2009
  • TKO 9 Juan Carlos Gomez - 2009
  • RTD 8 Sam Peter - 2008
  • TKO 8 Corrie Sanders - 2004
  • TKO 2 Kirk Johnson - 2004
  • TKO 10 Larry Donald - 2002
  • KO 1 Orlin Norris - 2001
  • KO 2 Herbie Hide - 1999
 
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