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Is Ukrainian Boxer Vitali Klitschko Ready to Retire in 2010?

19. February 2010 by Gregg 0 Comments

Claiming that he has only “one belt” left to win, Ukrainian boxer Vitali Klitschko announced his intentions to retire from the ring. Many believe that Klitschko’s “one belt” refers to the WBA World Heavyweight Title, currently held by British boxer David Haye, a cruiserweight fighter that turned to the heavyweight division in 2008 and has dominated ever since. Vitali Klitschko currently weighs in at around 230-250 pounds, much heavier than David Haye, whose weight tends to be around 200.

Vitali and his brother Wladimir are both successful boxers, holding almost every major Heavyweight Title at one point between the two of them. Vitali Klitschko is currently the WBC Heavyweight Champion, while Wladimir is the current IBF, Ring Magazine, IBO and WBO Heavyweight Champion. Both men have stated that they would never fight the other.

It is thought that after retiring, the 38 year old boxer will focus more heavily on his political career. He has previously run for Mayor of Kiev, Ukraine and is a member of Ukraine’s Parliament. He made International headlines back in October where after soundly beating Chris Arreola in the ring; he returned to Ukraine and attempted to block a Parliamentary session citing corruption in Real Estate law. Ukraine’s Members of Parliament have a reputation for quick tempers and the occasional brawl, but few were ready for the boxer who was once dubbed “Dr. Iron Fist”.

Vitali Klitschko is set to retire somewhere in 2010. Along with his bout against Haye, he has also expressed an interest in fighting Russian boxer Nikolai Valuev.