Boxing

Published: Tuesday December 17, 2013 MYT 4:22:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday December 17, 2013 MYT 4:22:10 AM

Vitaly Klitschko vacates WBC belt

Vitali Klitschko celebrates holding a Ukrainian flag after successfully defending his title aginst Manuel Charr in their WBC heavyweight fight in Moscow September 9, 2012. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Vitali Klitschko celebrates holding a Ukrainian flag after successfully defending his title aginst Manuel Charr in their WBC heavyweight fight in Moscow September 9, 2012. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

BERLIN (Reuters) - Vitaly Klitschko has vacated his WBC belt but was named champion emeritus on Monday, leaving the door open for the leading Ukraine politician to one day return to the ring.

Klitschko, the ruling World Boxing Council champion, is unlikely to box again as he joins thousands of protesters in weeks-long demonstrations against the government in Kiev.

"I thank the WBC and its president Jose Sulaiman for the support in our battle for democracy and freedom in Ukraine," Klitschko said in a statement.

"The WBC offer gives me the theoretical possibility to return to the ring but that is something I currently cannot imagine. My focus is on politics in Ukraine and I feel the people there need me."

The 42-year-old has won 45 fights with 41 of them knockouts and has only lost twice. His most recent fight dates back to September 2012 against Manuel Charr and he has long contemplated retiring from the sport.

His younger brother Vladimir holds all the other major world heavyweight titles.

"My brother will take care of the sporting success and I will support him in that as he has supported me in my fight in Ukraine," Klitschko said.

(Reporting by Karolos Grohmann, editing by Mark Meadows)

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