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Vitalii Klitschko gets WBC’s Eternal Superheavyweight World Champion award
15:48, 13 December 2016
Vitalii Klitschko gets WBC’s Eternal Superheavyweight World Champion award

The Ukrainian retired from professional boxing in 2012, with 45 wins in 47 fights behind him

15:48, 13 December 2016

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Kyiv mayor and formerly professional boxer Vitalii Klitschko has been granted the title of WBC Eternal Superheavyweight World Champion, Boxing News reports. 

‘It seemed impossible. I was born in the USSR, a huge country where professional boxing was prohibited. I watched Myke Tyson’s fights when he became the world’s youngest heavyweight champion back in 1986. And I told my friends someday I’d fight such guys as well, that I’d become a champion, too. And there was that brilliant moment when I took the belt once worn by Tyson and Mohammed Ali. It’s crucial to have a dream and do everything possible to bring it to life,’ Klitschko said, commenting on his success.

Vitalii Klitschko’s last fight took place in 2012; after that, he retired from professional boxing and focused on his political career. The Ukrainian is  a three-time heavyweight world champion, and is the eighth longest reigning heavyweight champion of all time. He held the WBO title from 1999 to 2000; the Ring magazine title from 2004 to 2005; and the WBC title twice, from 2004 to 2005 and from 2008 to 2013.

Source: Boxing News

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