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Wladimir: After My Two Losses, Even Vitali Told Me To Quit

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.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Mr. Invincible on 05-23-2011

[QUOTE=valero;10589266]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…

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;10589243]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…

Comment by vacon04 on 05-23-2011

[QUOTE=valero;10589266]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…

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