Wladimir Klitschko: The Fear of Losing Motivates Me

By Luke Furman

IBF/WBO/IBO/WBA heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (58-3, 50KOs) says the fear of losing is what motivates him to train hard in camp. On November 10th in Hamburg, he defends his titles against the Polish giant Mariusz Wach (27-0, 15KOs). The last time Wladimir tasted defeat was in 2004 against Lamont Brewster. Since then, Wladimir has won sixteen fights in a row.

"Yes, I'm afraid [of losing], but it motivates me to be better, to be faster and superior. I would never want to collect a defeat, and that's why I train so hard," said Klitschko.

"I am healthy and I love what I do. I know what I've put myself through for the last few months - for this moment in the battle, where I can prove that I'm the best man. When I'm focused, at 100%, no one can beat me - not even Mariusz Wach."

While Wach is very inexperienced at the top level, Wladimir is not looking past his next opponent.

"He is extremely dangerous, because his size and his range is greater than mine, and he's undefeated. But regardless, I'm convinced that I can beat him," Wladimir said.

"[I'm not afraid of him], I would rather call it respect. But this respect is precisely what motivates me to be better, to be faster and superior."

Luke Furman covers boxing for

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by BoxingGenius27 on 10-30-2012

I don't know if Wlad wins this fight. Wach isn't the best boxer and doesn't have the best jab, but he has power. I'm not sure how good Wlad will be without Steward. I wouldn't be surprised if Wach TKO's…

Comment by Dirk Diggler UK on 10-30-2012

[QUOTE=Tobi.G;12652058]Thats bullcrap what you are writing right there.[/QUOTE] Not really. I could care less what bums like Arreola and Helenius are up to. Adamek-Cunningham II is probably the best fight on that list and that should've happened about 3 years…

Comment by yoz on 10-30-2012

[QUOTE=Freedom.;12651815]There are more good HW matchups scheduled for the next two months than I've seen in awhile: Perez-Chagaev Adamek-Cunningham Fury-Boytsov Banks-Mitchell Arreola-Stiverne And for me, Wach-Klitschko Helenius-Williams Charr-Gomez Yet you never post about these fights. You seem to only be…

Comment by The Gambler1981 on 10-30-2012

Fear is a valid motivating factor just like greed or vanity. The way Wlad fights, that motivation certainly makes sense but I can't hate because Wlad does a hell of a job and if guys can not make that fear…

Comment by Tobi.G on 10-30-2012

[QUOTE=Dirk Diggler UK;12651819]Haye vs Klitschko is the fight at HW. The rest is filler[/QUOTE] Thats bullcrap what you are writing right there.

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