Vitali Klitschko on Thursday announced his candidacy for the 2015 Ukrainian presidential election.
The 42-year-old Klitschko (45-2, 41 KOs) led the UDAR (Punch) party to a surprising third place finish in the Ukrainian parliamentary election in October 2012 and hasn’t decided whether to again scrap or focus on politics.
Having beaten Corrie Sanders to capture the WBC title in April 2004, Klitschko is supposed to battle mandatory challenger Bermane Stiverne this spring.
Unfortunately for the 34-year-old Stiverne (22-1-1, 20 KOs), “Dr. Ironfist” suffered a right hand injury in August and has expressed interest in next throwing fists with David Haye.
However, the 32-year-old Haye (26-2, 24 KOs) will finally meet Tyson Fury on February 8 at The Phones 4U Arena in Manchester.
Klitschko last exited the squared circle in September 2012 after earning a fourth round TKO over “Diamond Boy” Manuel Charr.
A former mayoral candidate who is 15-2 in world championship contests, “Dr. Iron Fist” hasn’t been overcome since Lennox Lewis escaped with an extremely controversial sixth round TKO win in June 2003.
Never floored as a professional and owning the second-highest heavyweight knockout percentage (87.76%), the 6-foot-8, 245 pound Klitschko will ultimately be remembered as one of history’s premier pugilists.
Regardless, it’s time for “Dr. Ironfist” to shelve the gloves and stop holding the WBC hostage.
To maintain ethics and fairness, Vitali Klitschko should knock Bermane Stiverne onto Queer Street in March and then start campaigning for his future.