James Ali Bashir: “I was upset by the performance of Wladimir Klitschko with Jennings. I think that Vitali and Jonathon Banks made a mistake in their plan.”


Former coach of Wladimir Klitschko, James Ali Bashir, believes that the head coach of the Ukrainian heavyweight champion Jonathon Banks and his brother Vitaly gave him the wrong instructions ahead of the fight against Bryant Jenning, which took place in 2015 and ended with Klitschko’s victory by unanimous decision.

“I was upset with Vladimir’s performance and told him about it. I think Jonathon Banks told Vladimir to just box with a jab, even though his mission was to get out and take out the opponent. He should have been a big and powerful guy who cuts corners and reaches The fighter is always as big as he believes in it.

I believe that Vitali Klitschko and Jonathon Banks made a mistake in their plan. Why did you have to box and use the jab? I would tell Vladimir to use the hook and right hand, stand behind the double jab and charge to his head from the right.

Vladimir is receptive to what the coaches tell him. Emanuel Steward has used this many times. He came to his corner and said: “Look, Vladimir, this looks bad. You should go up to this guy and take him out,” – said James Ali Bashir in an interview with the YouTube channel EJ Boxing Live.

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