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December 16, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
This post has been updated. See below for details. The World Boxing Council on Monday stripped Vitali Klitschko of his heavyweight belt, proclaiming him "emeritus champion," with the right to return to fight for the title again. Klitschko, however, is in the midst of intense political work in the Ukraine, where he is chairman of the opposition party Udar and is angling for a 2015 presidential run. “This offer makes it theoretically possible to return to the ring, which I cannot imagine at all happening as things stand now,” Klitschko said in a statement.
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March 29, 2014 | By Victoria Butenko and Sergei L. Loiko
KIEV, Ukraine -- Former heavyweight boxing champion-turned-politician Vitali Klitschko withdrew from Ukraine's presidential race Saturday, throwing his support to a liberal billionaire. Klitschko, one of three leaders who coordinated recent popular uprisings in the country that unseated pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovich, announced the decision to withdraw from the scheduled May 25 presidential vote during a convention of his UDAR party in Kiev. “The only chance to win is through nominating one candidate from united democratic forces,” Klitschko said in his convention speech.
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October 25, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Heavyweight boxing champion Vitali Klitschko announced his intention to run for president of Ukraine in 2015. The older brother of fellow heavyweight champ Wladimir Klitschko declared his candidacy in front of the Ukrainian parliament during a speech Thursday. Klitschko hasn't fought since defending his WBC belt against Manuel Charr in 2012. He was scheduled to make a mandatory title defense against Bermane Stiverne last month but pulled out, saying he had a right hand injury.
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February 21, 2014
The most important part of the agreement, however, was devoted to early presidential elections, to be held no later than December. The two sides also agreed that an objective investigation into the recent protester deaths would be conducted under monitoring by the opposition and the Council of Europe. The agreement buried the idea of introducing a state of emergency in the country and compelled parliament to pass a new amnesty for protesters involved in the recent clashes. The agreement bound the opposition to hand over to authorities all illegal weapons within 24 hours as soon as a special law to that effect is passed.
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September 27, 2009 | BILL DWYRE
The tree was just too tall for Cris Arreola to chop down. Vitali Klitschko is still the WBC champion. That was expected to be the outcome of this heavyweight battle at Staples Center on Saturday night. What wasn't expected was the manner in which Arreola, the battling bruiser from Riverside, stirred the emotions of those in attendance, despite spending a full 10 rounds being taken to school by the older, more experienced Ukrainian boxer. When Arreola's trainer, Henry Ramirez, decided his friend and fighter had had enough and kept Arreola on his stool, rather than sending him out for the 11th round, Arreola sobbed and the crowd seemed to feel his pain.
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December 13, 2009 | Staff And Wire Reports
Vitali Klitschko retained his WBC heavyweight title on Saturday night with a unanimous decision over American contender Kevin Johnson on Bern, Switzerland. The 38-year-old Ukrainian kept Johnson against the ropes for much of the fight but landed few heavy shots to hurt the 30-year-old challenger. Johnson proved a durable opponent and did his best work with counterattacking straight left jabs. Klitschko (39-2) was making his third defense of the belt he reclaimed in October last year, following a four-year break to recover from injuries.
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July 29, 2009 | Lance Pugmire
Chris Arreola's promoter is trying to get the unbeaten Riverside heavyweight his first crack at a major belt and is negotiating for a fight against world champion Vitali Klitschko at Staples Center in September. Arreola (27-0, 24 knockouts) is trying to become the first heavyweight champion of Mexican ancestry. He was in negotiations to fight contender Oleg Maskaev.
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August 22, 2009 | Bill Dwyre
Forget your preconceived notions, your visions of Mike Tyson-like characters, and meet Vitali Klitschko, World Boxing Council heavyweight boxing champion. He lives with his wife and three children in Bel Air, speaks four languages, quotes French philosophers, has a doctorate in sports sciences and speaks passionately about the need to improve the lives of people in his childhood home of Kiev, Ukraine. Klitschko has a foundation that has raised millions of dollars toward that goal and will be his main focus when his boxing days have ended.
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March 26, 2006 | Mara D. Bellaby, Associated Press Writer
The former heavyweight boxing champion climbed nimbly onto the back of a pickup as the crowd roared his name. Vitali Klitschko smiled shyly and took a deep breath. In this fight, Klitschko is the underdog -- a position he's not used to. He is running for mayor of Kiev, the Ukrainian capital, in a contest that's about housing and garbage collection on the outside, but also is highly personal, and closely bound up in the Orange Revolution, Ukraine's 2004 leap into full democracy.
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April 24, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
Chris Arreola is a boxer who would wear his emotions on his sleeve. That is, if there were any room. The massive arms that the Riverside boxer hopes will carry him back into the heavyweight title picture are covered with tattoos. The muscles ripple and the tattoos jiggle. For lovers of tattoos and boxing, Arreola is an art form. He is also among the more interesting people in a sport that often filters out real personalities in exchange for orchestrated hype. There is nothing orchestrated about Arreola.
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February 21, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
Vitali Klitschko may have characterized several of his matches in the boxing ring as life-and-death struggles. Now, he knows the real thing. Perhaps you have made the connection between the longtime heavyweight champion of the world and the videos and the pictures this week documenting violence on the streets of Kiev, the capital of Ukraine. By midweek, fighting between government forces and opposition groups intensified. At one point, to keep the riot police away, opposition forces set on fire part of the city center, an area fittingly known as Independence Square.
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February 21, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko
KIEV, Ukraine - After a violent week that turned parts of his capital into a war zone, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich agreed Friday to a new election and a coalition government in a deal that appeared likely to seal his political fate and bring his imprisoned rival back onto the stage. It was far from clear, however, that Ukraine could avoid more of the bloodshed that has killed at least 100 people in the country, the worst violence in its post-Soviet history. Crowds enraged by the deaths of protesters in volleys of sniper fire the previous day greeted opposition leaders who signed the agreement with the president with angry shouts and whistles.
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January 30, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko
KIEV, Ukraine -- Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich has taken a sick leave amid the nation's political crisis. “Ukraine's president is on a sick leave in connection with an acute respiratory disease accompanied by high fever,” Alexander Orda , the presidential staff's deputy health chief, said in a statement posted on Yanukovich 's official website Thursday morning. The announcement came a day after Yanukovich compelled parliament to sign a conditional amnesty for more than 100 detained participants in protests that started over two months ago when Yanukovich refrained from signing an association and trade deal with the European Union.
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January 28, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko
KIEV, Ukraine - Ukraine's political opposition celebrated the first major victory in its two-month-long standoff with the government as the country's prime minister tendered his resignation Tuesday. But the move appeared unlikely to end the crisis. Mykola Azarov's resignation came after a week of violent clashes in Kiev, the capital, in which at least four activists were killed, dozens arrested and hundreds injured on both sides. It was the worst street violence in the history of post-Soviet Ukraine.
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January 20, 2014 | Victoria Butenko and Sergei L. Loiko
Defying a government crackdown, tens of thousands of opposition demonstrators took to the streets of the Ukrainian capital on Sunday, clashing violently with police. With protesters throwing stones, flares and Molotov cocktails, riot squads fought back with water cannons, tear gas and noise grenades in an attempt to put down the demonstration, which lasted well into Monday morning. Many demonstrators protected themselves with helmets and shields. Dozens of people were reported injured on both sides.
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December 16, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko
KIEV, Ukraine -- Amid weeks of anti-government street protests, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich's ruling party won four of five seats in parliament during a byelection, a defeat for opposition forces seeking his ouster. The opposition quickly blamed the results of Sunday's balloting on fraud, while some analysts said the movement's dependence on protest over political organizing had showed. “The authorities are offering us a dialogue with one hand and with the other they are arrogantly cheating in elections,” Vitali Klitschko, a world heavyweight boxing champion and lawmaker told the Times Monday.
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September 28, 2009 | Lance Pugmire
Cris Arreola wiped away the tears that engulfed him after his first career loss, and vowed to quickly rid "the bitter taste in my mouth" that came with joining the club of losing to a Klitschko. Riverside's Arreola (27-1) was outpunched 301-86, out-jabbed 150-62 and deemed the loser of every round by one judge Saturday before his trainer Henry Ramirez told referee Jon Schorle to award Vitali Klitschko a 10th-round technical knockout victory, blocking Arreola's quest to become the first world heavyweight champion of Mexican ancestry.
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April 26, 2004 | Steve Springer, Times Staff Writer
After a night of soothing his wounds and regaining the focus in his puffy right eye, Corrie Sanders has a clear vision of his future. He will retire from boxing immediately. Saturday night's loss to Vitali Klitschko for the vacant World Boxing Council heavyweight title in Staples Center will be the last ring appearance for the 38-year-old South African. "I think I'm going to take a shot at the senior tour," said Sanders, who is as devoted to golf as he is to boxing.
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December 16, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
This post has been updated. See below for details. The World Boxing Council on Monday stripped Vitali Klitschko of his heavyweight belt, proclaiming him "emeritus champion," with the right to return to fight for the title again. Klitschko, however, is in the midst of intense political work in the Ukraine, where he is chairman of the opposition party Udar and is angling for a 2015 presidential run. “This offer makes it theoretically possible to return to the ring, which I cannot imagine at all happening as things stand now,” Klitschko said in a statement.
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December 13, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko
KIEV, Ukraine - After more than three weeks of street protests against his rule, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich on Friday met with opposition leaders, who came away declaring that little had been achieved. “Talking to these high-placed bureaucrats felt like traveling back to the U.S.S.R.,” opposition leader Vitali Klitschko said Friday night. “None of our demands were met. But the good thing is we personally delivered them to Yanukovich and looked into his eye.” The meeting at Ukraina Palace in downtown Kiev included Prime Minister Mykola Azarov, Ukraine's top clergy, former presidents and others.
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