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Wladimir Klitschko, Ukrainian Leader ( March 25, 1976 - )

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Only younger brothers will understand me. We're following in the footsteps of older brothers. You are looking up to your brother. You want to do the same things. You want to do as good as he and do it even better.~Wladimir Klitschko


Good Brother Me

I have a Ph.D. in philosophy and sports science. At 14, I went through this really tough Soviet training system. A lot of my roommates got psychologically broken or physically injured. Either you came through, or you were out. I made my Ph.D. work in the field of young athletes aged 14-19 because at this age any human is changing.~Wladimir Klitschko


Work Sports Age

You can train your mental strength just like you train your body. If your body looks fit or ripped, it looks strong, and you can flex your muscles. So, physically, you have a certain strength. Mentally, it's the same thing. You can train your psychological strength.~Wladimir Klitschko


Strength Strong Body

I'm trying to keep the face of my opponent more or less not damaged but eventually to execute the plan and knock him out.~Wladimir Klitschko


Plan Trying Face

I've been many times to Dubai and the U.A.E., and I have friends that live there. It would be exciting to stage world heavyweight championship fights in the Arab world. It's something Muhammad Ali achieved when he fought in Zaire or the Philippines. It's absolutely exciting to fight in countries where you have never fought.~Wladimir Klitschko


Friends World Fight

Mental strength is really important because you either win or lose in your mind. And I'm not solely talking about sporting matches, boxing events - anything you do, you do it first with your mental strength. And you can actually train and develop it, and I am responsible for what I'm saying because I have experience with that.~Wladimir Klitschko


Strength Experience I Am

After Chernobyl, thousands and thousands of people, if not millions, were given a death penalty and had to pay the price, our father among them.~Wladimir Klitschko


Death Father People

I always train and prepare with highest concentration and focus on my next opponent. To me, it does not matter what his name is.~Wladimir Klitschko


Focus Me Name

I never fought in my life outside of a ring.~Wladimir Klitschko


Life My Life Outside

If I am 100% prepared for the fight, my opponent has no chance to win the fight. I am saying what I mean: He has a 0% chance to win the fight. There is going to be no luck involved; there is going to be nothing else to stop me from winning the fight.~Wladimir Klitschko


Winning I Am Fight

Radiation doesn't recognize borders. A meltdown in Japan or India, say, is a danger to the whole world. Wind circulates the radiation everywhere. Water quality is affected. We all eat the same fish. We use products from all over the world - if something is contaminated, it will cause harm.~Wladimir Klitschko


Water World Quality

You lose or you win the fight - and anything in life - in your mind. I can look at how the person walks, how he speaks, his expressions. It's a wisdom. Eyes are the mirror of the soul. So you can read a lot.~Wladimir Klitschko


Life Wisdom Eyes

I've fought everybody without ducking anyone. I have beaten 10 undefeated guys, and I never was comparing myself to the greatest in the sport. I was not thinking of breaking any records. I'm just enjoying my time in boxing.~Wladimir Klitschko


Time Myself Greatest

My goal is not getting hit and to knock the other guy out. Some people might complain because they want to see boxers beat up on each other, but you cannot last long in professional boxing if you take a lot of punches.~Wladimir Klitschko


Goal People Long

All of my fights are planned. I study my opponents from A to Z. How he walks, how he looks, how he speaks, gestures of the human body, which is a certain language that provides you lots of information if you have the ability to read it. You just need to pay attention to it and gain experience over the years.~Wladimir Klitschko


Experience Language Body

I would say that Roger Federer is pretty amazing. And Manny Pacquiao - he's such a tiny, little lightweight guy, but the way he fights makes people so excited.~Wladimir Klitschko


People Amazing Way

I train six days a week for four to five hours a day. I like to keep the same schedule when I'm in camp for every fight.~Wladimir Klitschko


Day Week Fight

I think a fight with David Haye, even if he is not American, is going to give positive vibes about the heavyweight division for the American fans and fans worldwide.~Wladimir Klitschko


Positive Fight American

All the champions - you go and ask Mike Tyson or Joe Louis, Rocky Marciano, Lennox Lewis and myself included, and I'm sorry for putting myself in line with all the other great names - but the champion's attitude is it doesn't matter who is in front of me, I am going to conquer this person and win the fight and knock the person out.~Wladimir Klitschko


Attitude Myself Great

I run, but boxing conditioning is different, so you have to get used to running in the ring. Boxing movements are very different. Swimming is one of the best because every single muscle is working. I swim a lot. I train very hard at things that mimic boxing. I have to do mostly sport-specific training, such as lots of sparring.~Wladimir Klitschko


Best Training Swimming

The reality of growing up is we changed schools so many times, my brother was my best friend. We have a five-year age gap, and my brother inspired me. He started boxing, and I just want to show that I could do things better than him.~Wladimir Klitschko


Best Best Friend Age

I know he's retired, but I'm a big fan of Shaquille O'Neal, his game and his personality. I have a pair of his shoes in my office. You see the size of his shoe and think, 'This is not real, this couldn't belong to a human being.' But he is human!~Wladimir Klitschko


Personality Shoes Game

In Soviet times, the border was closed, so we couldn't get out of the country, and I had been reading Robinson Crusoe. I wanted to see the ocean, I wanted to see boats, I wanted to see black people, because we didn't have that in the Soviet Union. I was all excited by that stuff.~Wladimir Klitschko


Ocean People Black

The first thing I learned in boxing is to not get hit. That's the art of boxing. Execute your opponent without getting hit. In sports school, we were putting our hands behind our backs and having to defend ourselves with our shoulders, by rolling, by moving round the ring, moving out feet.~Wladimir Klitschko


Art Sports School

It's not my place to compare myself to greats like Tyson, Frazier or men like that. But I would look at a fighter like Evander Holyfield. He's a great heavyweight who worked his way up through the weight classes to become champion and had to beat bigger men along the way.~Wladimir Klitschko


Myself Great Men

These nuclear plants are more dangerous than people realize.~Wladimir Klitschko


People Plants Realize