Vitali Klitschko: Ukrainian pugilist warlord. Vitali Klitschko: granite-jawed and hewn in the scorched flames of a crumbling Soviet Union. Vitali Klitschko: the hardest man in any Wetherspoons in the land. Vitali Klitschko: the actual mayor of Kiev. Vitali Klitschko...
ETERNAL WBC WORLD CHAMPION.
That's right mortals. That's right Anthony Joshua. Eternal.
While he might not not have boxed since 2012, Klitschko was this week honoured with this most bizarre of titles by the World Boxing Council. No one's bothered to explain what it actually means, but we suppose it means forever?
Speaking at the ceremony, Klitschko said:"Nothing is impossible. I was born in the Soviet Union, a big country where professional boxing was forbidden. I would watch Mike Tyson when he became the youngest world heavyweight champion in 1986, and I said to my friends, 'Do you know what boys? One day I will be fighting guys like that. One day I will be world heavyweight champion."
And now you are Vitali, now you are eternal.
While this is all very nice, but it ignores the fact that Larry Holmes defended the WBC belt 16 times during his career, to Vitali's 11. While boxers like Ali, Lewis and Tyson all took to the canvas for WBC title fights. None of them are eternal, though.
Not that we're going to argue with Vitali, he's proper hard.