Saturday, 29 March 2014 17:49

Ukrainian elections: Vitali Klitschko withdraws from presidential race

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On Saturday, March 29th, former WBC Heavyweight Champion Vitali Klitschko elected to withdraw his candidacy for President of his native Ukraine by pulling out of the race and endorsing Billionaire Petro Poroshenko instead.
The 6'7" former prizefighter informed his supporters that he would be falling out of the competition at a UDAR convention in the Ukrainian capital city of Kiev, and encouraged the party members to unite in support of the leading candidate, Poroshenko.

"We need to have a joint democratic nominee," stated the 42 year old advocate for reform.

"It has to be a candidate with the highest chances of winning. Today, I believe such a candidate is Petro Poroshenko. Our goal is full membership of Ukraine in the European Union."

In December of last year, the former two-time Heavyweight Champion announced his retirement from the sport for the second and possibly final time to pursue political aspirations in Ukraine.

Klitschko was one of the more outspoken and recognizable members of primary opposition during the anti-government protests that ejected Russian sympathizer and President Viktor Yanukovych last month.

Although the popular Heavyweight renounced his candidacy for President, don't expect Vitali to reclaim his WBC title and lace up the gloves any time soon.

Klitschko stated that he planned to run for Mayor of Kiev instead.

"All reform begins in Kiev and I plan to focus my efforts there," professed the dominant Heavyweight champion.

Klitschko ended his career with an impressive record of 45 wins, 2 losses, and 41 knock-outs. The Ukrainian giant was never floored throughout his entire professional career, and lost very few stanzas within his 47 bout, 235 round total.

In his only two losses as a professional, Vitali was leading on every judge's scorecard at the time both fights were stopped due to injury.