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Vitaliy Klychko

Vitaliy Klychko

Ukrainian boxer, mayor of Kiev
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VitalyKlitschko is a Ukrainian boxer and politician, mayor of Kiev.

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Vitaly Klitschko was born on July 19, 1971 in Belovodskoe, Kyrgyzstan.

In 1980 he moved with his family to Czechoslovakia, where he lived for the next five years. In 1985, the Klitschko family moved to Ukraine.

Since early childhood, Vitali Klitschko was fond of kickboxing. His hobby grew into his professional carrier: all in all, he took part in 35 fights in this sport, and lost only one of them. In addition, Vitali Klitschko became a six-time world champion in kickboxing.

However, later, Vitali Klitschko decided to switch to pure boxing, and it turned out to be a successful decision. During his amateur career, Klitschko had 95 fights, from which he won 80.

In 1996, he began his career of a professional boxer, having signed an agreement with Universum Box-Promotion.

Till the end of his boxing career in 2012, Vitali Klitschko had 47 fights, losing only twice and winning three champion belts.

Vitali Klitschko started his political career in 2005, when he was appointed freelance adviser to the president of Ukraine.

In 2008, the political force "Vitali Klichko Bloc" took part in the race for the Kiev City Council and eventually made it into the council, gaining 10% of the vote.

In 2010, "UDAR " (aka "Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reforms") was founded on the foundation of the "Nova Kraina" political force, and Vitaliy Klitschko was elected its leader.

Already in 2012, "UDAR" successfully participated in the elections to the Ukrainian Parliament, gaining 42 seats in the Rada.

He actively participated in the Revolution of Dignity and was one of the political leaders of the revolutionary opposition, along with Oleg Tyahnybok and Arseniy Yatsenyuk.

In the 2014 presidential election, Vitali Klitschko was first nominated as a candidate, but later suddenly withdrew his candidacy, urging his voters to vote for Petro Poroshenko. Instead, he ran for mayor of Kyiv, where he won.

Vitali Klitschko's main fights

  • Vitali Klitschko and Chris Byrd - the fight took place in 2000 and was Vitali Klitschko's first loss in the boxing ring.

  • Vitali Klitschko and Lennox Lewis - the fight took place in 2003 and de jure ended with Lewis winning by TKO. However, this fight is the most controversial and controversial in Vitali Klitschko's career.

  • Vitali Klitschko vs Corey Sanders - the championship fight took place in 2004. After the most real beating of his helpless opponent, Vitali Klitschko won it by a landslide.

Vitali Klitschko as mayor of Kiev

As the head of the capital, Vitali Klitschko distinguished himself with the following steps:

  • Declared a full-scale war on MAFs and illegal street trade, which resulted in the mass demolition of old spontaneous markets and clearing the streets of "stalls".

  • Increased the flow of investment in Kiev by four billion hryvnias.

  • He built seven kindergartens, two schools and 37 new public gardens.

  • He repaired a total of more than a thousand kilometers of roads, hundreds of streets and yards. Initiated capital repairs of the largest Kyiv interchanges such as Poshtova Square and Shulyavsky Bridge.

  • He reformed the system of public transport by buying a hundred new buses, two dozen trolleybuses and almost fifty streetcars.

  • Conducted repair of metro stations "Svyatoshyn" and "Levoberezhnaya". Reconstructed the cinema "Zhovten".

  • Carried out large-scale anticorruption reform in the system of Kiev power.

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