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Klitschko is Not Bothered By Critics of Pianeta Clash

Wladimir Klitschko has no plans to retire and is relishing the challenge of his next fight against Francesco Pianeta on May 4.

Klitschko holds three of the four heavyweight titles and has dominated the division with his brother Vitali, but even at the age of 36 he still retains his hunger to defeat the next batch of challengers.

The 41-year-old Vitali, who holds the remaining WBC belt, is pursuing a career in politics and may quit the ring this year, but Wladimir still feels he has a number of years left in the sport.

"I feel young enough to not think about it [retirement]. And, of course, I'm looking forward to get a challenge, that's my motivation," Klitschko told espn.co.uk.

"This competition never stops and as long as I'm healthy and motivated I will continue to do the job that I have been doing."

Italian Pianeta, a former sparring partner of Klitschko, is taking a big step up in class and is not expected to pose a tough test to the champion.

But Klitschko has dismissed criticism of his unbeaten opponent and is treating the 28-year-old southpaw with respect.

"I'm getting always criticised with my opponents, it doesn't matter are they well known or not so much and it's always very difficult to fight against someone that is not known because you are always getting these critics," said the WBA, WBO and IBF champion.

"I have to assure you that (the) fight against Francesco Pianeta is going to be very, very tough and difficult because he is super motivated."

Pianeta has already won a battle against cancer and is excited about the opportunity of fighting one of the biggest names in boxing.

"Sure it will be the biggest experience (of my life), but not the biggest fight that I have already won, that was against cancer," he said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by DreamFighter on 05-16-2013

[QUOTE=Cupocity303;13374647][SIZE="3"]Name me one opponent that qualifies according to your criteria as stepping up, either from the past (Circa 2007-2011) or present 2012-2013.[/quote] in the past, Lennox Lewis for one, but I can see why Wlad would avoid a dead cert…

Comment by cupocity303 on 05-15-2013

[QUOTE=DreamFighter;13374634] basically that translates that he loses whenever he steps up, and hes not stepped up in a long time. [/QUOTE] [SIZE="3"]Name me one opponent that qualifies according to your criteria as stepping up, either from the past (Circa 2007-2011)…

Comment by DreamFighter on 05-15-2013

[QUOTE=Simurgh;13374614]You are proving to be more effective than counting the sheep. ;)[/QUOTE] says the guy who previously said he had to go to bed but is pissing on his very own words. let me make it simple for you, I…

Comment by DreamFighter on 05-15-2013

[QUOTE=Cupocity303;13374563]The "term" legend is irrelevant here and subjective. Arturo Gatti also considered a legend. [/quote] obviously, I am referring to legends as in ATGs (LEWIS is the ATG mentioned above), not the comment 'gee thanks Dave, you are a legend…

Comment by Simurgh on 05-15-2013

[QUOTE=DreamFighter;13374591]is not n old thread for me, I have only just seen the fight. wrong entirely again. So I see you have time to reply now that it dawned on you that you lost face.[/QUOTE] You are proving to be…

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