Vitaly Klitschko met up with RT during his visit to Moscow ahead of his defence of the WBC world championship against Manuel Charr in September. The boxing great was asked to comment on some of the recent showdowns in the heavyweight division.
The elder Klitschko first talked about his next opponent.
“He doesn't have a big name but he's young, has good skills and, who knows, maybe he'll show good performance in this fight and it will be a big step up for him to build a new name, a new big name,” the 41-year-old said, before adding that he is very proud to have “the same belt as Lennox Lewis, Mike Tyson and Mohammed Ali did” and that he will give his best to defend the title and show he is “still the strongest in the world”.
Speaking about Aleksandr Povetkin, WBA regular belt holder and probably the main challenge to Klitschko’s dominance, Vitaly stressed the two brothers are ready for the Russian’s challenge.
“It's definitely going to be a very interesting fight for the audience. It's a good question not for me, not for Vladimir, but for Aleksandr, if Aleksandr Povetkin wants to fight Klitschko anytime. We are ready,” he stressed.
“Aleksandr is a very good fighter and has good skills. But he had a chance to fight Vladimir Klitschko twice. I think his management blocked him because they think Aleksandr may lose his title career in a fight against Vladimir,” Vitaly also said.
When asked how the two brothers manage to stay calm anytime they step in the ring Vitaly said:
“Emotions produce mistakes. That is why you need to be very cool, your head and your heart, no emotions inside the ring. With emotions you can lose a fight very easily,” he said.
Then the talk went down to the two Brits, David Haye and Dereck Chisora, the Klitschko brothers’ recent opponents, who became famous mostly for their stunts before being beaten in the ring. The two came head to head in a fight earlier this month.
“They are probably the best in the world, at trash-talking. We don't want to use the same talking skills at the pressers before fights,” Vitaly said.
“We both show our skills within the fight. Let the fists talk. Chisora fought Haye last weekend, and actually it was a fight between two Klitschko losers, who is the stronger one. David Haye showed that he was the stronger loser. Right now he has started to attack me, but to be honest right now in Moscow, on September 8 we discussed with David Haye this fight. But he made a decision to fight Chisora not Klitschko,” he added.
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