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Hayden Panettiere and baby girl: Will family life impact Klitschko in the ring?

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"Well, Rock, let's put it this way. Now, three years ago you was supernatural. You was hard and you was nasty and you had this cast-iron jaw but then the worst thing happened to you, that could happen to any fighter..."

"You got civilized."

Sound familiar?

Those famous lines are from Rocky III.

Fabled trainer Mickey Goldmill hints to his fighter, Rocky Balboa, wealth, fame and, perhaps, family life have sapped the young man's killer instinct, hunger and drive to be the best.

He added, "But don't worry kid. You know, presidents retire, horses retire, Man-o-war retired. They put him out to stud."

"That's what you should've done, retired."

Earlier this summer famed actress Hayden Panettiere announced she and heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (62-3, 52 KO) were expecting their first child.

It's a girl!

The 25 year old mom-to-be rocked her prominent bump last week at the Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. 

A pre-preggo Hayden Panettiere


"I'm thrilled! I can't wait for her to come out," chimed Hayden.

Panettiere will reprise her role as Juliette Barnes in the third season of Nashville but will Wladimir Klitschko reprise his role as one of the most dominant champions in boxing the last 20 years?

Family life can impact fighters in different ways.

For a young, hungry fighter who has previously lacked the discipline in training to maximize his skills and talents, family life - especially fatherhood - can be beneficial, adding maturity and focus.


But Wladimir Klitschko is 38. He's also wealthy and famous, and has always epitomized discipline, inside and outside the ring. Will family life have the opposite impact on him?

Will family life turn 'Dr. Steelhammer' into a kindler, gentler pugilist during training and in the ring? 

He faces a very formidable, if not stellar, opponent in November in a bout that's far from a "tune-up.". The unbeaten Kubrat Pulev (20-0, 11 KO) is the consensus No. 2 heavyweight in the world.

He's no Francesco Pianeta, that's for sure.

Boasting a strong amateur pedigree, Pulev medalled repeatedly at international tournaments as an amateur, winning the gold medal in the super heavyweight division at the 2008 European Championships. He is also a former EBU (European) Heavyweight Champion.

A still relevant Matt Skelton as well as Alexander Dimitrenko, Alexander Ustinov and Tony Thompson have all been vanquished by the Bulgarian.

Come November 15, will Cupid's bow, a welcomed stork and a worthy opponent lead to the champ's demise?

Do you know a boxer surging towards family life?


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