Boxing: Klitschko targets undisputed crown

Wladimir Klitschk boxer

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Wladimir Klitschko intends to become the first undisputed world heavyweight champion in more than a decade after setting his sights on the WBC crown vacated by his brother Vitaly.

Lennox Lewis was the last boxer to hold all the major belts in 2000, but that could be about to change after the older Klitschko brother decided to swap boxing for politics earlier this month.

The Ukrainian brothers chose not to fight each other as they dominated the heavyweight scene for the past 10 years, but Wladimir can now see a way of uniting the four major belts.

He told German newspaper Bild: “It’s obviously my aim to bring the WBC title back into the Klitschko family.”

The younger Klitschko beat Alexander Povetkin in October to retain his WBA, IBF and WBO world heavyweight titles.

The 37-year-old has made 15 defences in his second spell as champion and has won 61 of his 64 professional fights, 51 by knockout.

His older brother, now a Ukrainian opposition leader who plans to run for president in 2015, has won 45 of his 47 professional fights, 41 by knockout.

Vitaly was named “champion emeritus” by the WBC, which would allow him to directly challenge a new champion if he wants to resume his boxing career.

However, he is unlikely to do so anytime soon as he continues to stand with thousands of protesters in demonstrations against the government in Kiev.

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