Two former Ukrainian boxing world champions have joined what is probably the greatest fight their lives. The two are brothers, and they have vowed to take arms to help defend the Ukrainian capital Kyiv. Vitali Klitschko, 50, is the current mayor Kyiv. He retired a glittering career boxing in 2013, having been heavyweight champion over a decade. He told reporters that he would fight. He said: "I don't have another choice. I have to do that. I'll be fighting. It's already a bloody war." Vitali's brother Wladimir, 45, dominated the heavyweight and superheavyweight divisions 15 years. He tweeted: "Destruction and death come us....We will defend ourselves with all our might and fight freedom and democracy."
The boxing siblings have joined the ranks their compatriots and fellow citizens mounting a defence their city. Authorities have already distributed 18,000 rifles to Kyiv residents to defend themselves. There are also images social media of old women learning to make Molotov cocktails. The two brothers have been outspoken critics Russia's President Putin and are aware the danger they now face. Yahoo Sports highlighted the perils that lie ahead. It wrote: "There is an immense amount bravery required to slip between the ropes and fight another man who has trained months to defeat you. That's child's play compared to the fight the Klitschkos face today."