Vitaly Klitschko to join Ukrainian presidential fight


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The Independent Online

World heavyweight champion and opposition politician Vitaly Klitschko will run for President in the 2015 election, the World Boxing Council has quoted him as saying.

The move, which has yet to be confirmed by Klitschko, would make him the first declared contender against incumbent Viktor Yanukovich, who is widely expected to seek a second term.

A poll in May revealed that Klitschko and Yanukovich were both backed by 16 per cent of voters.

“Vitaly explains that he wants to keep participating in politics and run for the presidency of his country... in 2015,” the WBC said, Klitschko’s spokeswoman declined to comment on the WBC report.