Boxing Champ Klitschko Scuffles With Political Opponents

KIEV, Ukraine -- Boxing champion Vitali Klitschko on Tuesday threatened to throw some of his world famous punches in the political arena during a tussle at a local parliament in his native Ukraine.

Boxing champ Vitaliy Klitschko(C) scuffling with politicians.

"If anyone resorts to force, then I'll resort to force too," the World Boxing Council heavyweight title holder threatened, as a scuffle broke out in the Kiev local assembly.

Two-metre-tall (six feet, seven inches) Klitschko, a local politician, found himself at the centre of the action as lawmakers from his opposition group faced off against legislators from the city mayor's party, in heated exchanges shown on Ukrainian television.

"I didn't hit anyone, I just tried to push a few people away," he told television channel 1+1 afterwards.

Klitschko, who last month successfully defended his WBC title, added that using his mighty strength "could have led to certain lawmakers being admitted to hospital."

The scuffle started when the 38-year-old boxer and his allies, angered by the failure of the administration to approve land redistribution in Kiev, decided to try and stop a session of the assembly from opening.

Source: AFP