World heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko plans to run for the Ukrainian presidency in the 2015 general election, according to the World Boxing Council.
The 42-year-old is currently the leader of the Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform (UDAR) and was elected a member of the national parliament in December 2012.
Klitschko, who launched his political career in 2005, unsuccessfully ran for mayor of Kiev in 2006 and set up a pro-Western liberal party known by its abbreviated name UDAR - meaning 'punch' in Ukrainian.
The current WBC heavyweight champion has admitted that boxing has greatly prepared him for a life in politics due to the strategy, work, discipline, dedication, honesty and team work involved.
Klitschko is currently in Mexico for discussions with WBC President Jose Sulaiman about his mandatory bout, claiming he is unable to compete due to a hand injury and insisting he will not fight until early 2014.
Despite his age, the Ukrainian has insisted that as long as he is fighting fit, he will continue to box.
He has also said that he would love his young brother Wladimir, also the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO world heavyweight champion, to become the WBC champion when he retires.
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