Ukrainian WBC heavyweight champion, Vitali Klitschko is set to step into the political ring for the biggest fight of his life after confirming he will run in the 2015 presidential election.
Wearing a tee-shirt with ‘Urkaine is Europe’ written on it Klitschko, who up to recently held a permanent resident status in Germany, made his announcement after the assembly passed a bill barring candidates who have lived outside Ukraine during the past 10 years.
Unfazed by the law amending tax legislation that could be used to prevent him from running for head of state he said: “To stop these various schemes and attempts at getting even with me as a possible candidate, I want to declare this: “I will run for President!”
Klitschko becomes the first declared contender against the incumbent, Viktor Yanukovych.
The 42-year-old heads the pro-europe Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reforms – UDAR – whose acronym in aptly means “Punch”.
Klitschko will now hope he can politically punch his way to the top job come March 15, 2015.