Vitali Klitschko gets sprayed
Vitali Klitschko, the WBC heavyweight champion and older brother of Wladimir Klitschko, got sprayed with tear gas during a protest in which he was involved in his hometown of Kiev, Ukraine, according to a USA Today report.
Vitali Klitschko, who previously ran for mayor, is running for a seat in parliament. According to the report, Klitschko was protesting a Russian language bill passed by parliament that makes Russian, not Ukrainian, the official language in some formal settings in the country that was once a Soviet republic.
Once the tear gas was dispensed, the protest got violent as police used batons and more tear gas to subdue the crowd, according to NBC Sports. Klitschko, who will defend his title Sept. 8 against Manuel Charr in Moscow, was photographed with blood streaming from his right hand, according to the report. The World Boxing Council said on Twitter that the fighter suffered a gash on his right hand that required medical attention and was gassed, but otherwise he was OK.
Wladimir Klitschko takes on challenger Tony Thompson at 4:30 p.m. ET Saturday in Berne, Switzerland.
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