Wladimir Klitschko May Target Another Olympic Medal
Former gold-medal winner Wladimir Klitschko wants to compete at the 2016 Olympic Games.
According to an Interfax-Ukraine news agency report Klitschko, the undisputed professional world heavyweight champion, has said he wants to box in Rio de Janeiro.
"I hope international amateur boxing's ruling body will be kind to me and that I will have enough health and motivation to perform at the Olympics in two years time," the agency quoted the 38-year-old Ukrainian.
Klitschko, who won a gold medal at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, said he had spoken to his former coach, Emanuel Steward, during the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Steward, who died in October that year, had encouraged him to box again in Rio, Klitschko said.
"I already have an Olympic title and it would be terrific to repeat this experience 20 years later."
Klitschko retained his WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO titles in Oberhausen, Germany, last Sunday when he knocked out Australian challenger Alex Leapai after two minutes and five seconds of the fifth round.
It was his 25th “world” title fight.
One thing that nobody seems to mention is the hall of fame trainer Emanuel Steward was urging Wladimir to do this. This isn't just Wladimir's idea. Also, there are other reasons for someone to want to try to win in…Comment by Pharlapz on 04-28-2014
[QUOTE=BattlingNelson;14478018]AM or Pro. The object is to hurt the opponent.[/QUOTE] True, but the minimum age for boxing in the Olympics is 17 years of age. Do you really want to see Klitchko possibly matched against a teenager? Outside of the…Comment by Croyd on 04-28-2014
If Wlad does joins the Olympics I hope that every other heavy weight in the world joins it as well. Wlad has been boxing for more years than some of the other Olympians have been alive. Wlad is a pile…Comment by Daddy T on 04-28-2014
people here talking about pros from other sports being allowed don't seem to understand that those guys aren't punching eachother in the face. Allowing pros to fight in the olympics can only hurt the amateur game. No amateur could compete…Comment by Bullrush on 04-28-2014
[QUOTE=BattlingNelson;14477987]Money isn't everything that's why.[/QUOTE] ****ty excuse. Offer this chump a million and he'll jump on it and sell his soul like the rest. Stop acting like he's so good that if he fought he'd make billions. If he could…Post a Comment/View More User Comments (65)