WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko has temporarily cut training for his September 10 title defence against Tomasz Adamek to take part in a “battle for democratic values” following the arrest of Ukrainian opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko.
Klitschko said in his blog on the news site Ukrainska Pravda that he returned to Kiev when he found out that the former prime minister had been arrested for contempt of court during her abuse of power trial.
“When I learned what had happened in Ukraine, I stopped training for the fight and returned to Kiev as far as I understand that the real battle for democratic values is unfolding here – in Ukraine – and I cannot be an observer in this situation,” said Klitschko.
“If this continues, we will forever live in a dictatorship and total corruption and the development of civil society will be forgotten,” he wrote in his blog.
Vitali Klitschko is the head of Kiev-based political party Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform (UDAR, meaning “punch”
August 6, 2011