WBC Heavyweight boxing champion Vitali Klitschko has announced that he will stand for the presidency of his native Ukraine.
Announcing his official run on Thursday (Oct 24), Klitschko said he plans to run for the presidency in 2015.
Klitschko will become the first known challenger of president Viktor Yanukovych, who was voted in in 2010.
Speaking about his upcoming ‘fight’ Klitschko, "I cannot be intimidated or stopped. 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 currently runs the Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform party. He announced his intention to run for president to WBC president Jose Sulaiman ON August 13, prompting the sport’s head to state, "He (Klitschko) stressed what’s much more important than one person being president, is to improve the lives of Ukrainians with a more efficient economy, modernisation, more jobs and better opportunities for the future."