Following a quick knockout victory on Saturday, Wladimir Klitschko looks like he can’t be beat, his brother said.
Vitali Klitschko, who was in his younger brother’s corner in his fight against Kubrat Pulev, gave an interview and said that he’s getting better with age.
“I don’t see anyone in the world who can beat him,” he said, via the Herald Sun. “Age is just making him stronger.”
Klitschko has defended his world titles 17 times. Legendary heavyweight Joe Louis defended his titles 25 times decades ago, and Larry Holmes is in second place with 20 title defenses.
After he defeated Pulev, 33, he told ESPN: “Pulev was a tough opponent, but he didn’t show his real power in the first round. It was fun tonight because I proved again that I am the best. I showed that I am the champion.”
Pulev claimed that Klitschko, 38, was “lucky.”
“Wladimir is a really good opponent, but he was lucky. I want a rematch. I’ll win the next time,” Pulev told ESPN. “There’s luck in boxing. He’s a good boxer but he’s unsporting. There were a lot of tricks.”
But Klitschko wasn’t impressed with that comment.
“I have never seen such arrogance from an opponent and there was a price to pay for that,” said Klitschko, according to the Herald Sun. “I don’t think he realised he was playing in the champions league.”
Before the fight, Shannon Briggs, the former heavyweight, arrived at Klitschko’s workout and claimed he would “knock his teeth out,” according to SI.com.
“I remember seeing Shannon in the hospital after the [Vitali] fight, he seemed like a very nice guy,” Klitschko said in response to the move.
“He turned into a complete nut. I found it amusing at first. I didn’t care. He was trying to promote himself. Now he seems to have lost it. We need to save Shannon from Shannon. He is like a stalker. It’s not funny anymore. I seriously, honestly, think Shannon has brain damage. We need to help him.”