For years, Vitali Klitschko has battered opponents in the boxing ring while taking his own share of gruesome punishment in one of the world’s most brutal sports. Along the way he earned a Ph.D. in sports science, leading to a popular nickname worthy of a James Bond villain: Dr. Ironfist.
More recently, however, Klitschko has entered another rough-and-tumble arena — politics. Klitschko’s stated intention to run for president of his native Ukraine in 2015 is less visceral and largely unknown to many casual boxing fans around the world, who mostly recognize him for his fearsome punches. But in Ukraine, where Klitschko leads a popular opposition party amid ongoing turmoil in the streets of Kiev, his mission supersedes any sport.
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