Wladimir Klitschko gets criticized heavily in America for being a boring fighter. So who better to seek advice from than boxing’s greatest heavyweight and trash talker in Muhammad Ali?
Klitschko did just that last night (September 12) with a creative ring entrance that spliced his image with iconic moments from Ali’s career. Klitschko can be seen playing Drew “Bundini” Brown for Ali catchphrases, and subbing as the reporter Ali jokes with about his handspeed. With added footage of Klitschko training and it being the 44th anniversary of Ali’s defense against German Karl Mildenberger, the intro served as both a tribute and acknowledgment of Klitschko’s current division dominance.
Already, there’s been some of boxing fans who haven’t taken kindly to Klitschko’s video, stating that Wladimir is nowhere in Ali’s league as a fighter and not worthy to associate his image so closely with the Greatest. Admittedly, there is irony in Klitschko holding Ali in such esteem. If the first three-time heavyweight champion were boxing today, Ali would likely draw the same ire Klitschko holds for another young heavyweight loudmouth, David Haye.
Personally, I can’t really be mad at any current fighter paying homage to the legends and history. In fact, these days it’s a welcome change of pace. Check out the video and tell me what you think. Is Wladimir’s tribute classy, or did he cross the line?