Wednesday, February 21

Klitschko boxing brothers Vitali, Wladimir vow to fight for Ukraine

Not long after Hall of Fame boxer and Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko set foot in the ring for the final time, he threw himself into the center of a heated uprising in Ukraine. The 50-year-old helped lead the November 2013 Euromaidan demonstrations in protest of Ukraine’s pro-Russian leadership’s refusal to sign an agreement with the European Union.

He became mayor of Kyiv the following year in 2014. As the Russian army closed in on Kyiv this week, the vocal anti-Putin major said he would take up arms against the invaders.

“I don’t have another choice,” Klitschko told “Good Morning Britain.” “I would fight.”

His younger brother and fellow Hall of Fame boxer, Wladimir Klitschko, vowed to do the same. He joined the Ukrainian military’s reserve forces earlier this month, and they have been called on to defend the capital.

Here’s what to know about the Ukrainian boxing legends who have pledged to defend their home country.

Who is Vitali Klitschko?

Vitali Klitschko is the mayor of Kyiv and a Hall of Fame boxer who competed in the heavyweight division from 1996 to 2012. He has served as Kyiv’s mayor since 2014 and was a member of the country’s parliament from 2012 to 2014.

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