Wladimir Klitschko: I have a lot of respect for MMA fighters

One of the most dominant (if not the most dominant) Heavyweights in the history of boxing, Dr. Steelhammer Wladimir Klitschko, shared his thoughts about training and competing in Mixed Martial Arts. Unlike many other boxers, Klitschko gave a lot of credit to MMA competition, claiming that such sport requires a high level of technique and athletic abilities. Klitschko admitted that he would love to train MMA for fitness, but dismissed the idea of possibly competing as a mixed martial artist.

Thirty-five year old Dr. Steelhammer is 56-3 in his career, currently holding the WBA (Super), WBO, IBF, IBO & The Ring Heavyweight titles.

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  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/En09si/ en09si

    Well done Vladdy! Hopefully other boxers will follow suit and stop feeling obligated to compare the two sports and make stupid comments.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Jon/ jon

    Vladdy got balls indeed.
    For some odd reason, mainstream boxers don’t issue positive comments nor support MMA publicly.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Reesch_me/ reesch_me

    Probably the best and only thing that came out of him that I liked.Great champ off course(thus, the record) but I’m not a fan of his style

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Ogobska/ ogobska

    because most boxers (esp. self-centered arrogant ones; manny likes mma too) are jealous of the rising popularity of MMA to declined of boxing.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/JTalbain/ JTalbain

    Pac-Man’s got incredible athleticism, toughness, heart, and hands. Judging by how he blossomed under Freddie Roach’s tutelage, I’d say he learns quickly too. He’d probably be able to train wrestling for a year or so and tear it up from low to moderate levels of UFC, but there’s no reason for him to when he has it made as a boxer.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/HunterB/ HunterB

    yeah who would like a boxer who has 50+ KO’s in 56 wins, soooo boring

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/HunterB/ HunterB

    My bad 49 KO’s

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Krogan/ Krogan

    Obviously what he meant is that he is Russian.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Badblueboy/ badblueboy

    Vitali Klitschko in a kickboxing fight.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Cookie77/ Cookie77

    I don’t understand why a professional fight in both sports would bad mouth or discount each other legitimacy. Although MMA and boxing are both combat it’s totally different one IS NOT better than the other it’s all about preference like apples and oranges they are both fruits but is not better than the other.

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  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Gaul/ gaul

    jab jab jab grap, jab jab jab grap, jab jab jab grap….
    really funny…ok he has 49 KO and who he is fighting??? Any real champ? any real chalanger? Ones he faced a real champ “lennox lewis” he tear to klishko a new one literally…

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Gaul/ gaul

    And no im not an amerikan can i dont care if he is russian, Ukrainian or whatever…

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Cranestyle/ cranestyle

    Nice to see Wladamir give MMA it’s due. I think Klitshcko is very clever, especially at self-promotion…

    ..but you can only call him one of the most dominant champs of all time if you qualify that by acknowledging he’s dominated the weakest heavyweights crop of all time.

    I think if you matched any top 5 heavyweight from the previous five decades, they knock the stuffing out of Dr. Wladimir.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Gm1/ gm1

    Nice to see a professional boxewr with brains…He obviously see the multi function abilities that is needed to become an MMA fighter. Very very difficult. Not for everyone………
    He will be a good inspiration to the MMA gyn he attends. Maybe he can help that gym in the area of boxing….stand up

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Gaul/ gaul

    im french and i hate klisco sisters
    Thats what Obviously i meant

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Doomrider7/ doomrider7

    LOL you didn’t even get the right brother. Shows how much you know about what you’re talking.