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 Last update:  5/22/2011       Read more by Edward Chaykovsky         
   
Wladimir: After My Two Losses, Even Vitali Told Me To Quit
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By Edward Chaykovsky

WBO/IBO/IBF heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko admits that after his two embarrassing knockout defeats, against Corrie Sanders in March 2003 and Lamon Brewster 13 months later, even his holder brother, WBC champ Vitali Klitschko - told him to quit boxing.

"Even my brother Vitali said, 'Look at your face, where you are right now, I think it's time to say goodbye to the sport'. I thought I wasn't where I belonged. I was always a champ but suddenly I was on the floor. It was very motivational and a great experience," Wladimir told News of The World.

Klitschko realized that he needed a change and he began to watch tapes of great fighters and reinvented his style. He also started listening working a lot hard with trainer Emanuel Steward.

"There were certain things I took from other different fighters and even Mike Tyson. Even though we are different sizes, certain things I took from Mike as well," Wladimir said. "If I could change those things, I wouldn't. I would never be the person I am today inside or outside the ring if I hadn't suffered those two losses."

Since losing to Brewster, Klitschko has won 13 consecutive fights, captured three world titles and established himself as the best heavyweight in boxing.

Tags: Wladimir Klitschko , Vitali Klitschko


 

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comment by Mr. Invincible, on 05-23-2011
[QUOTE=valero]You gonna let your brother say that to you Wlad? Huh? He wanted you to QUIT! He was talking down to you, man. See, Vitali was always jealous. Wlad, it's time to beat up old bro and show him who's the real man. Wladimir vs Vitali 2012.[/QUOTE] Hey dummy, at that time Vitali was co...

comment by Boxingtech718v2, on 05-23-2011
That's just brotherly love, Who wants to see their brother Get KTFO again and again?

comment by Die Antwoord, on 05-23-2011
Vitali has a lot of pride, he probably didnt want younger bro embarassing the Klitschko name. No one has ever put Vitali on the mat and no one ever will.

comment by Mr. Invincible, on 05-23-2011
[QUOTE=hweightblogger]Interestingly Wlad said the same ("Please stay retired") to Vitali, after Vitali pulled out of the Rahman fight.[/QUOTE] Exactly, the brothers just reacted how a loving brother should. Who wants to see a loved one risk their health if there is any doubt? Not I.

comment by vacon04, on 05-23-2011
[QUOTE=valero]You gonna let your brother say that to you Wlad? Huh? He wanted you to QUIT! He was talking down to you, man. See, Vitali was always jealous. Wlad, it's time to beat up old bro and show him who's the real man. Wladimir vs Vitali 2012.[/QUOTE] Never going to happen.

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