By , March 23, 2017 8:11 am

Former Ukrainian boxer Vitali Klitschko was recently presented an award by Ray Jones Jnr on behalf of the WBC, as the ‘Eternal World Heavyweight Champion.’

Klitschko having relinquished his WBC titles after retirement then proceeded to pursue a career in politics.

Speaking at the ceremony, Klitschko said:

“Nothing is impossible. I was born in the Soviet Union, a big country where professional boxing was forbidden. I would watch Mike Tyson when he became the youngest world heavyweight champion in 1986, and I said to my friends, ‘Do you know what boys? One day I will be fighting guys like that. One day I will be world heavyweight champion.”

The 45-year old who held the WBC heavyweight champion twice as a boxer now serves as the mayor of Kiev. The former boxer was visibly delighted with the award, and further spoke of his desire to bring the WBC Convention to Kiev in the future.

However, mixed reactions have greeted the award that was handed to Klitschko with many fans claiming there was favoritism connected to the award. Pundits believed the award should have gone to a more worthy Larry Holmes who defended the green belt for an incredible 16 times compared to Klitschko who only defended 11 times.

Meanwhile, Klitschko’s younger brother Wladimir Klitschko who won his maiden world title from Chris Byrd in 2000 has also endured lasting moment in the WBA defending other titles such as; unified heavyweight champions, WBA, IBF and WBO titles. Nonetheless, the fierce Ukrainian is set to compete as a challenger when he and current IBF belt-holder Anthony Joshua go head to head at Wembley.

The widely anticipated matchup is currently attracting so many speculations as the bout promises to be fierce and entertaining. For me, this is the headliner for 2017; matches like this are why we love the Game.



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