World boxing champion Vitali Klitschko is planning to do big things outside of the ring. In a statement released by the World Boxing Council the Ukrainian giant announced that he will run for his country’s presidency for the year 2015.
If Klitschko were to win the presidency he would bring some flair to the office, not to mention a little of an intimidation factor. After all, it is unlikely that an enormous man with the nickname “Dr. Ironfist” would hear many advisors tell him no. Adding to that factor is the fact that Klitschko plans to continue boxing, even if he were to win the election.
According to early estimates 15.9% of the country supports Klitschko for the office, which is the highest of any candidate. That’s not too shabby for someone who just got into politics last year, during which his party won 42 parliamentary seats.
A quote from the WBC explained the situation wholly: “Vitali explains that he wants to keep participating in politics and run for the presidency of his country, Ukraine, in 2015, and that boxing has greatly helped prepare him for this.”
Klitschko will challenge the incumbent Viktor Yanukovych, and will only have his party’s full support if he reaches a second round of voting.