BERLIN (AP) -- Wladimir Klitschko says he's not quitting boxing after his surprising knockdown loss to Lamon Brewster, the Bild reported Tuesday.
The newspapers in Germany, where Klitschko built his career, were also full of speculation about blood tests taken from the fighter after the
for the minor WBO title on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Klitschko's camp said the tests at Desert Spring Hospital showed something was wrong with their fighter's health, and may explain why he showed
such poor condition in going down in five rounds.
"The fight is lost, that's clear. There's no excuse for my performance," Klitschko told the Bild. "But I don't want to, and I definitely won't end my
career this way.
"I was in control of the fight, then in the middle of the second round I noticed something was wrong. The strength literally drained out of my body.
My legs were like rubber. I now need to find out with certainty what was wrong with me."
The Ukrainian is the younger brother of heavyweight contender Vitali Klitschko, who will fight South Africa's Corrie Sanders on April 24 for the
vacant WBC title.
Vitali Klitschko said the blood tests revealed his brother's sugar levels were four times higher than normal.
"There were also some other things that weren't normal," Vitali Klitschko told the Web site boxingtalk.net, but wouldn't elaborate on his
The Klitschkos are extremely popular in Germany, but that didn't stop the country's media from joining the chorus of voices who say Wladimir should
quit boxing after his knockout by Brewster, a huge underdog.
Last year, Klitschko was also knocked out in a two-round dismantling by Sanders, first raising suspicions he can't take a punch.
"Dr. Wimp!," was the huge red headline by Bild, Germany's largest circulation newspaper. That was a reference to his doctorate earned in his
Klitschko's camp, however, said they had no time to deal with the ramifications of the fight, which several German newspapers called an "embarrassing"
and "shameful" performance.
"As bitter and puzzling as Wladimir's KO, and the circumstances afterwards were, we've got no time to think about it," said Klitschko co-trainer Fritz
"The only thing important now is that Vitali climbs into the ring against Sanders in championship form."
If Wladimir Klitschko's career is ended, it will have been a sudden downfall. Ever since winning the super-heavyweight gold medal at the 1996 Olympics
at age 19, he has been groomed as a future heavyweight champion.
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[Edited on 14-4-2004 by Ocelot]