Topic: Turbulence in Ukraine
Ukrainian opposition leader Vitaly Klitschko© REUTERS/ Gleb Garanich
Vitaly Klitschko abandoned his WBC heavyweight belt in the end of 2013© RIA Novosti. Vladimir Astapkovich
MOSCOW, March 20 (R-Sport) - Vitaly Klitschko has ruled out a return to boxing due to the ongoing political crisis in Ukraine, saying he barely has time to see his family let alone get back in the ring.
The 42-year-old Klitschko is one of the main opposition leaders in Kiev and has announced he intends to run for president in upcoming elections.
"I'm not going back into the sport," Klitschko told the 112 Ukraine television network. "It will forever remain in my heart, but recently I've had no time to train ... When I come home at night, my kids are in bed, and when I leave they're still asleep.”
"They even go on vacation without me," Klitschko added.
Klitschko abandoned his WBC heavyweight belt in December to focus on politics. He currently leads the opposition "Udar" or "Punch" party.
The Ukrainian boxer won 45 of 47 fights without a single loss since 2003. Klitschko’s final fight was a fourth-round stoppage of Manuel Charr in Moscow last year.
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- mythoslightA perfect asset...18:54, 20/03/2014...for the Svoboda storm truppen squads beating TV anchors and rob distilleries.
- stottbabubetter21:03, 20/03/2014better business politics
- PantzerDiplomacyGerman special services paying betta?03:07, 21/03/2014anyway in box he was already finished
- IgnarusVitaly Klitschko04:33, 21/03/2014I 'the 4th Lord of Denver for life' meaning nobody will carry them.I therefore stand with the former WBC heavyweight boxing champion Vitaly Klitschko because of him quitting boxing for the 'political arena',and intends to run for the president of Ukraine,where elections are scheduled for May 25,your friend.Kenneth Okpeki an ex-student of the London School of Management in the United Kingdom
- bielecA friendly advice09:54, 21/03/2014Vitaly, you are a great boxer and a miserable politician. You would be better off doing something that you are good at. Box, and then become a good coach, or the minister of sports. Don't go for the president's job. Firstly, you will be outsmarted and outmanoeuvred by many clever a**holes with the right connections to Nuland and Co. Secondly, it is a short-lived and risky career. You saw what happened to Yanukovych.
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