Could Vitali Klitschko be the next Mayor of Kiev? (Photo by Alexandra Beier/Bongarts/Getty Images)
News coming from Forbes magazine suggests that Vitali Klitschko does not want to become the oldest heavyweight champion. Instead, he will focus on his political ambitions, which includes becoming the Mayor of Kiev, the capital of Ukraine. Vitali has previously run for Mayor, but in the latest race in 2008, he came in third. He only earned about 10% of the vote coming in behind incumbent Mayor Leonid Chernovetskyi and former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. Tymoshenko is probably best known in the United States for having awesome braids, seriously look it up, and being sentenced to prison on charges of abuse of the office when she was the Prime Minister.
While it doesn't seem that Yulia is going to challenge in the 2012 race, because she is currently in prison, Vitali would still have to beat the incumbent. He has faced him twice in Mayoral elections, and he has lost both times.
Both of the Klitschko brothers have doctorates in sports science from Kiev University, so they definitely have the brains to get into politics. Vitali seems to be a very popular figure in the Ukraine with some political experience being a member of the Ukraining delegation to the Congress of the Council of Europe (this sounds like a secret evil organization).
I wish Vitali all the luck on his political aspirations. He has a decent amount of experience and he doesn't have to juggle a boxing career and a potential political career like Manny Pacquiao. Given that Vitali is running for office, I severely doubt that he is going to have another fight this year. Interesting question for you guys, which current boxer do you expect to have political aspirations?