Rocker Anselmo Offers To Custom Pen New Klitschko Ring Entry Song!

wladimir klitschko(Wladimir Klitschko, seen here entering the ring before his bout with Corrie Sanders in 2003.) 10.04.07 -By Scoop Malinowski: Phil Anselmo, the lead vocalist of Down and formerly of mega-group Pantera, feels IBF Heavyweight boxing champ Wladimir Klitschko is missing a beat with his current ring entrance song "Can't Stop" by The Red Hot Chili Peppers. And he'd like to help.

Anselmo, whose heavy metal/hard rock music has sold over 30,000,000 records and sold out several world tours, is a big fan of boxing. That may be an understatement. Anselmo actually studies overseas fight DVDs which he buys from fight film dealers, watches all boxing on TV and even trains boxing and has an advanced knowledge of boxing technique and strategy. Anselmo counts Emanuel Steward as a good friend. "Nothing against the Chili Peppers but ("Can't Stop") takes away from the intensity and credibility of (Wladimir Klitschko's) dominance," said Anselmo last Friday, moments before ESPN2's telecast of Godfrey-Cora in Connecticut.

"The best (entrance song) I've heard is the second Byrd fight - the Ukrainian anthem which I think is beautiful. I would put in timphony drums. I've already got an idea. What I have to offer would pump the crowd up, it would pump the world up and it would pump up Klitschko."

"I'm more than capable of writing the ultimate Klitschko song entrance. Or the ultimate boxer song entrance."

Bold words from a musical master. But if you pop in your Down or Pantera CD and imagine this creative genius applying his full throttle talent and passionate inspiration onto the sport he loves and a fighter he admires greatly, the potential creation could be fascinating.

And custom ring entrance music by world-renowned musicians for champion boxers could become a trend that not only helps promote the sport to a new demographic, but it could add extra buzz and excitement. Not to mention, a new dimension to the boxing experience in terms of overall entertainment value.

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Article posted on 10.04.2007

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