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Boxing champion Klitschko brothers vow to swap gloves for guns in fight for their country 

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Boxing champion Klitschko brothers vow to swap gloves for guns in fight for their country

  • Vitali Klitschko, and his brother Wladimir Klitschko are planning to take up arms
  • Vitali, 50, the mayor of Kyiv, said residents of the capital have become ‘soldiers’
  • When asked if he will join soldiers fighting Russians, he said: ‘I have to do that’
  • Vitali and his brother Wladimir have won a string of world heavyweight fights


Russia’s soldiers could soon come up against two world heavyweight boxing brothers in combat.

Vitali Klitschko, mayor of Kyiv, now 50, and his brother Wladimir Klitschko, 45, are planning to take up arms for their country. 

Both have won a string of world heavyweight fights.

Vitali told ITV News that the people of Kyiv have weapons and have become ‘soldiers ready to defend our city’. 

Vitali Klitschko (left), mayor of Kyiv, now 50, and his brother Wladimir Klitschko (right), 45, are planning to take up arms for their country. Both have won a string of world heavyweight fights

Vitali Klitschko (left), mayor of Kyiv, now 50, and his brother Wladimir Klitschko (right), 45, are planning to take up arms for their country. Both have won a string of world heavyweight fights

He said: ‘I believe in my country and I believe in my people.’ 

When asked if he would join civilians and soldiers fighting the Russians, he said: ‘I don’t have another choice. 

‘I have to do that.’

And Wladimir tweeted: ‘The Ukrainian people are strong. And it will remain true to itself in this terrible ordeal.

When asked if he would join civilians and soldiers fighting the Russians, Vitali (pictured) said:'I don't have another choice. I have to do that'

When asked if he would join civilians and soldiers fighting the Russians, Vitali (pictured) said: ‘I don’t have another choice. I have to do that’

‘A people longing for sovereignty and peace. 

‘A people who consider the Russian people their brothers.

‘It knows that they basically do not want this war.’

He signed up for the reserve army earlier this month.

In 2011, they entered the Guinness World Records as the pair of brothers with most world heavyweight title fight wins – 30 at the time.

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