News

Klitschko goes after ‘undisputed’ heavyweight title

Klitschko goes after ‘undisputed’ heavyweight title

GOING FOR THE TITLE: Ukrainian heavyweight boxing world champion Vladimir Klitschko walks in for his title fight against Italian-born Francesco Pianeta at the SAP arena in Mannheim, May 4. Photo: Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach

BERLIN (Reuters) – Vladimir Klitschko intends to become the first undisputed world heavyweight champion in more than a decade after setting his sights on the WBC crown left vacant by his brother Vitaly.

Not since Briton Lennox Lewis in 2000 has one boxer held all the major belts with Ukraine’s Klitschko brothers opting not to fight each other.

“It is obviously my aim to bring the WBC title back into the Klitschko family,” Vladimir Klitschko, who holds the WBO, WBA, IBF and IBO titles, told Germany’s Bild newspaper.

Winning the only title missing from his collection would not only make him the undisputed champion but also silence the critics who for years have claimed the brothers’ handpicked opponents that were easy pickings.

On Monday Vitaly vacated his WBC belt to concentrate on politics, but was named champion emeritus, leaving the door open for the boxer turned politician to one day return to the ring.

He is unlikely to do so any time soon though as he joins thousands of protesters in weeks-long demonstrations against the government in Kiev.

(Reporting by Karolos Grohmann, editing by Justin Palmer)

Recent Headlines

in National

Amanda Knox murder conviction overturned

FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2014, file photo, Amanda Knox prepares to leave the set following a television interview in New York. Knox is engaged to Colin Sutherland, a musician who recently moved to Seattle from New York, a person close to the Knox family confirmed for The Associated Press. Knox’s murder conviction in the 2007 stabbing of her roommate has been reinstated by an Italian court, but the former college exchange student maintains her innocence and vows she won’t willingly go back to Italy. Both Knox and Sutherland are 27. No wedding date had been set.

Italy's highest court has overturned the murder conviction against Amanda Knox, bringing to a definitive end the high-profile case.

in National

Time for Iran to make tough decisions in nuclear talks

In this March 26, 2015, photo, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, center, leaves a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and other U.S. officials at a hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland. U.S. and Iranian diplomats gather at a Baroque palace in Europe, a historic nuclear agreement within reach. Over Iraq’s deserts, their militaries fight a common foe. Leaders in Washington and Tehran, capitals once a million miles from each other in ideological terms, wrestle for the first time in decades with the notion of a rapprochement.

Six world powers and Iran move closer to a deal, but there are still major disagreements.

in Sports

This week’s top sports shots

AP564917773040_12

A look at some of the biggest plays and best photos in sports this week.

in Sports

This weekend’s sports schedule

playball

A look at some of this weekend's biggest sporting events.

in National

Making headlines this week

AP193442892434_0

A look at some of the week's biggest headlines and the stories you may have missed.