Vitali Klitschko Vacates WBC Title
Get ready heavyweight division, the lane is opening up.
This week, Vitali Klitschko vacated his WBC world heavyweight title and announced he is leaving boxing to concentrate on Ukrainian politics and his role as an opposition leader. He will be pursuing presidency in his home country. Not wanting to close the door completely the World Boxing Council proclaimed Klitschko a “Champion Emeritus.” Meaning, if he wished to return to boxing, he could bypass everyone else and challenge the new champion.
On his decision and Champion Emeritus distinction, Klitschko said the following:
“This offer makes it theoretically possible to return to the ring, which I cannot imagine at all happening as things stand now. I am now concentrating on the politics in Ukraine, I feel people need me there.”
Here is the WBC’s statement regarding V.Klitschko’s departure:
“With the current extreme and delicate political situation in the Ukraine, Vitali has answered his country’s call to fight for human rights and equality. Accordingly, Vitali will not be able to provide the WBC with a predictable time-frame to return to the ring. In other words, under his new distinction (Champion Emeritus), Klitschko will, in essence, retire with the option of being able to return to the ring at any time and be eligible to fight for the title against the reigning belt holder.”
Currently, the WBC’s next highest-ranked heavyweights, are, in order from 1-to-3, mandatory challenger Bermane Stiverne, Chris Arreola and Deontay Wilder.