was it about Emanuel that when you met him nine years ago you decided to put
your career in his hands?
had been working with a lot of guys and coaches in the States -- well known and
experienced coaches. My advisor Bernd Boente called Emanuel Steward and asked
him if he could imagine working with me. Do you really want to try and work out
with me because I do. You know how he is, ‘yea, yea, yea, let’s try it out and
see how we do.’ I was in Marina Del Ray. So we had this first pads work and
conversations and all that and it clicked. It clicked from the beginning. The
relationship between Emanuel and me was very special – not just a regular
relationship between a coach and a boxer, I assure you of that because he
respected my experience inside and out of the ring. I respected his experience
outside of the ring as a coach. Our first work was not successful – it was the
first time I fought Lamon Brewster in 2004 - a fight that I lost. After which we
both broke down in tears (laughs) because we couldn’t believe what happened to
us. Emanuel Steward has been known for his strength to pick up the fighter when
he is not on the top – when he is on the bottom. That was the situation when
Emanuel started to work with Lennox Lewis. He was not in Lennox’s corner when he
fought Oliver McCall then he started to work with Lennox. It was something that
I believed in the coach and he believed in the boxer, in this case with me and
in that case with Lennox and that made Emanuel a very special man. I have
mentioned it before- Emanuel Steward is a genius in the ring and it is something
and it makes me feel privileged to have worked with him for many years and be a
friend with such a legend and a genius that we have in
there anything tactical you can say that he made you better from 2004 to
KLITSCHKO: It is very complicated to explain everything. It is a lot and it would be
impossible to mention it all on this conference call. But I’ll tell you one
thing, maybe what he has changed in me? What’s amazing – Emanuel Steward hasn’t
changed anything in me. He said “Wladimir, be yourself.” The thing I learned in
the amateurs is about technique and balance, strategy that he has been improving
on that. We basically write a script in the preparation and the script was
played out in the fight exactly the way we wrote it. We were analyzing
everything – the way the opponent talks, the way the opponent walks, what he has
done before, what was the most common thing he repeated on the strong side of
the opponent and on the weak side of the opponent. And we used it. That is what
in general I am telling you.
talked a lot. We actually talked more than we did pads work -- making
combinations or anything like that. We talked about boxing and we talked about
life because life is like boxing. There are certain things that are comparable
and one of them is life and the sport of boxing.
do you train for a fight next week and train a fighter for the heavyweight world
is what it is. It is an amazing situation on both sides. I don’t feel any added
weight. It is the situation at hand. I am in boxing. I love boxing. I love what
I do. As far as me training then turning around and training Wladimir – there is
no pressure, because boxing is what I’m into. It’s not like I’m training a guy
for a golf tournament and I’ve got a fight coming up. I am with a fighter that
has a fight and I have a fight coming up so it is definitely not a problem.
were you able to get Wladimir’s respect and what was the process
the words of Wladimir, I was just being myself. I approached him with a great
deal of respect and I will always have that great deal of respect for him. I
feel that through the wonderful sport of boxing I earned his respect. Then I
earned it more once I got to be around him.
is your brother’s political situation in politics and are you involved at
KLITSCHKO: Of course, Ukraine had Parliamentary elections and he is going to represent his
party and also his people that were elected and voted for in Vitali’s party.
Vitali has always been interested in politics and his goal is to change the way
of Ukrainian politics. I can’t really be proud of Ukranian politics. Vitali has
been living in different counties, United States, Germany and he sees Democracy.
He knows that we have corruption in Ukraine and that is the main point -- where
to fight corruption. There are no rules like in boxing. I was a part of his
campaign from the beginning of August until October and I’m not into politics
and I’m not in his party but I am politically aware and politically active but
not a politician. I also represent the majority of the country that are not
politicians. I shared my experience that I have had with the people that were
watching the elections and was motivating them to go vote. Because a lot of
people just lost any hope that they could change anything in the country because
corruption in the No. 1 disease in the Ukraine. It is like a cancer taking over
the whole body, and we have to fight. The fight is not easy. There were fights
for the votes and it is still going on actually. I am happy for my brother and
proud of my brother that he was elected and is going to protect the interests of
was the last time you spoke to Emanuel and what did you talk
KLITSCHKO: The last time I spoke to Emanuel was 2½ weeks ago and the only line that I got
to hear from him was “Hello, hello, how ya’ doing?” Unfortunately that was the
last words that I heard from Emanuel. His voice was very strong and his wife
Marie held the phone. He wasn’t able to speak too much but that was the last
line I heard from Emanuel – a strong, happy and clear sounding
was very sad and it is still sad. I am probably going to go over after the fight
and of course there is going to be a memorial on the 13th of
November. I can tell you that the real spirit of Emanuel Steward is with us. I
am very happy there is a fight so we can stay focused and continue to do what he
was excited about. We are doing a job we love doing and we are very excited
about it. I see excitement in everyone on my team and in the man that replace
Emanuel Steward – Johnathon Banks.
kind of impact has Emanuel had on you as a human being?
KLITSCHKO: I have spent more time with Emanuel in the last nine years than I have with my
own father. My father shaped me as a person and Emanuel did a lot for me inside
the ring. What shaping Emanuel did for me outside the ring was he was always
flexible and trying to figure out how people acted. He was not a conservative
person. In is 68 years he has been around young people all of the time. His
spirit was young and he was always learning and he never stopped. He said one
line that ‘You know Wladimir, fighters are smarter than trainers.’ Trainers are
not able to listen to their fighters but they have to actually listen to them.
He’s right about it. You have to be flexible. As a trainer you tell a boxer
‘this is the way you do it and you do it.’ I would express my point of view and
he would express his point of view and we try to work it out to get to one
solution. He was incredibly flexible in his way of understanding things. And in
life you have to be flexible also. Every person has certain qualities: see it,
use it and don’t kill it. That is a description of Emanuel – exactly what he
you think you can help with the future of Kronk Gym?
KLITSCHKO: I saw a picture of the Kronk Gym, which has been destroyed. It made me really
sad to see what happened. Kronk Gym has existed for a long time and it will
continue to exist. I will do my dedication to that. Fortunately there are a lot
of people in Detroit, boxers as well and boxers who have worked with Emanuel.
Speaking for all of us that have worked with Emanuel and I am taking this
responsibility to speak for all of us will unite to proceed with the existence
of the Kronk Gym an existence of strategy of the spirit of Emanuel through the
Kronk Gym. It has been taking care of a lot of young people and keeping them
away from drugs and crime or anything else. Whoever will run it after Emanuel
that is something we will think about after the November 10th fight.
Of course I am dedicated and I will make sure all of the fighters that have
worked with Emanuel are on the same page as me.
BANKS: My feeling about the Kronk Gym – the name alone is my upbringing as far back as
being an amateur fighter. Seeing the gym now is really hard to look at. Seeing
pictures of the outside and the inside is really hard. As Wladimir said, all the
fighters that have trained under Emanuel definitely want to keep that legacy
KLITSCHKO: I will be at the memorial service on November 13. I am pretty sure that Vitali
is going to come to the memorial service.
want to say thank you very much for all the questions and the participants on
today’s conference call. I want to thank you, EPIX, for broadcasting the fight
in the United States. I know the Klitscko brothers have a lot of fans in the
United States. I am looking forward to getting back in the States, not just as a
person, but as a person to perform, as well. Everybody watch the fight on EPIX
because I am very excited about the fight and I think you guys are going to be
BANKS: Like Wladimir said, it’s going to be a very good fight. Both big guys are
motivated for the fight. It’s going to be very exciting fight. As far as my
fight, tune in on November 17 on HBO because that is also going to be a very
LOEFFLER: This just proves how fragile life can be. On July 7 three men were celebrating
their birthdays in the ring and now we are here without Emanuel. I just want
people to realize that and appreciate people who are in their lives. Everyone is
using this for motivation for Wladimir’s performance on Saturday
championship boxing makes an EPIX on Saturday!
Heavyweight Champion WLADIMIR “Dr. Steelhammer” KLITSCHKO (58-3,
51 KOs), of Kiev, Ukraine, will
defend his unified titles This
Saturday! November 10, beginning at 4:30 p.m. ET / 1:30 p.m.
PT, exclusively on EPIX, the multiplatform premium
entertainment service. EpixHD.com will
stream the fights live as part of a special free trial offer for boxing fans.
the World Boxing Association (WBA) Super heavyweight / International Boxing
Federation (IBF) / World Boxing Organization (WBO) / International Boxing
Organization (IBO) / The Ring heavyweight champion, will battle 6'7 1/2
undefeated world-rated contender MARIUSZ
“The Viking” WACH (27-0, 15 KOs), a native of Poland who fights out of North
Bergen, NJ, at the O2 World Arena in Hamburg,
Germany. It is the first time the
6'6 Klitschko has ever rumbled with a taller opponent. It will also be the first
fight since 2004 that Klitschko will not have Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel
Steward in his corner. The telecast
will include a tribute to Steward who passed away on October
telecast and live stream will also feature ROBERT “The Nordic Nightmare” HELENIUS (17-0,
11 KOs), a native of Finland who fights out of Berlin, Germany, risking
his undefeated record and his march to a world title shot against battle-tested
veteran SHERMAN “The Tank” WILLIAMS (35-11-2, 19 KOs), a native of the Bahamas, who fights out of Vero Beach,
Fla., live from the Helsinki Ice Hall in Helsinki, Finland.
four gladiators boast a combined record of 137-14-2 (95 KOs) – a 90% winning
percentage and a 69% victory by knockout ratio.
has become the custom, EPIX will once again present the closed-captioned
simulcast of this world championship rumble on its jumbotron in Times Square in
New York City (Broadway between 44th and 45th Sts.)
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