Boxer Vitali Klitschko to Run for Ukrainian Presidency

World | October 24, 2013, Thursday // 17:53|  views

Heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (L) will be looking to knock out his opponents in the 2015 Presidential elections. Photo by EPA/BGNES

WBC heavyweight boxing champion Vitali Klitschko has revealed his plans to run for President of Ukraine in the 2015 elections.

Vitali, who is the older brother of current WBA and IBF heavyweight champion Wladimir, debuted in Ukrainian politics shortly after his retirement in 2005. He founded the Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform, UDAR (meaning hit/punch in Ukrainian), and ran for the 2006 mayoral elections in Kiev.

Klitschko's party won 14% of the vote in last year's parliamentary elections, earning him 40 seats in the Verkhovna Rada (Ukraine's Parliament).

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