WBA, IBF, IBO, and WBO heavyweight champion boxer Wladimir Klitschko says that despite the rivalry between boxing and MMA, he respects the sport.
“I wasn’t such in Russia when I watched it live the first time, and to be honest I didn’t really like it before,” Klitschko told the Jim Rome Show. "But when I was watching it, I got into the style of MMA and I think I have a lot of respect for MMA fighters. It’s a very tough sport. I don’t think I’m ready to practice it and fight in the cage, I think I’m too old for it, but I have a lot of respect.”
Klitschko went on to say that he would be interested in using MMA techniques in his training, but he would not be open to getting in the ring and fighting. The 35-year-old is 56-3-0 overall in his career, and has not lost a bout since 2004.