WBC heavyweight titleholder Vitali Klitschko, a 42-year-old Ukrainian presidential candidate, defused a potentially violent demonstration between anti-government protesters and police on Sunday in Kiev, according to reports.
A video on YouTube.com shows the 6-foot-7 Klitschko, who is an opposition leader, using a bullhorn to quiet outraged crowd members who are demanding the resignation of president Viktor Yanukovich.
At one point, KIitschko is hoisted above the crowd by some of his supporters, bullhorn in hand.
“I am telling you, get back,” said Klitschko, in part, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times. “You have no business here. Don’t fall into a trap.”
In July of 2012, Klitschko was injured during a similar protest when the fighter suffered a gash on his left arm had to have his eyes treated after having been sprayed with teargas.
Having announced his presidential candidacy in October, Klitschko (45-2, 41 knockouts), who has not been in the ring since last September when he made the 10th defense of his belt with a fourth-round stoppage of previously unbeaten Manuel Charr, has been given until Dec. 15 to announce whether or not he will retire, according to the WBC secretary general Mauricio Sulaiman.
The WBC’s three highest ranked contenders to Klitschko’s title are, in order from 1-to-3, mandatory challenger Bermane Stiverne, Chris Arreola, and Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder, according to Sulaiman.
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