4 Jun. — The world’s most well-known politician-boxer, Kiev mayor Vitali Klitschko, issued a statement on the death of prominent heavyweight boxer Muhammad Ali. He described it as the end of “a whole epoch in sports, an epoch in boxing”.
Vitali Klitschko, who had previously held WBO and WBC championship belts, said that he was acquainted with his famous predecessor and had the same titles in professional boxing. However, he did not say anything about athletic accomplishments, focusing instead on the humanistic ideals of his predecessor in the ring.
“One can hardly find a person who did more for the popularisation of this sport. You’re unlikely to find a person so imitated by tens and hundreds of millions of boys around the world, trying to become just like Muhammad Ali,” Klitschko was quoted by the city administration press service.
“His legendary status and importance as a figure notwithstanding, he had an easy manner; he was pleasant, warm and open,” the mayor said, recalling his interactions with the legendary boxer.
Muhammad Ali passed away in the USA, aged 74.