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Vitaly Klitschko has given up his WBC belt but was named champion emeritus on December 16, leaving the door open for the leading Ukrainian opposition politician -- head of the opposition UDAR (Punch) party -- to one day return to the ring.

Klitschko, the ruling World Boxing Council champion, has joined thousands of protesters in weeks-long demonstrations against the government in Kyiv.

He has indicated his interest in running for the Ukrainian presidency.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AP