By Luke Furman
IBF/WBO/IBO/WBA heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (58-3, 50KOs) says the fear of losing is what motivates him to train hard in camp. On November 10th in Hamburg, he defends his titles against the Polish giant Mariusz Wach (27-0, 15KOs). The last time Wladimir tasted defeat was in 2004 against Lamont Brewster. Since then, Wladimir has won sixteen fights in a row.
"Yes, I'm afraid [of losing], but it motivates me to be better, to be faster and superior. I would never want to collect a defeat, and that's why I train so hard," said Klitschko.
"I am healthy and I love what I do. I know what I've put myself through for the last few months - for this moment in the battle, where I can prove that I'm the best man. When I'm focused, at 100%, no one can beat me - not even Mariusz Wach."
While Wach is very inexperienced at the top level, Wladimir is not looking past his next opponent.
"He is extremely dangerous, because his size and his range is greater than mine, and he's undefeated. But regardless, I'm convinced that I can beat him," Wladimir said.
"[I'm not afraid of him], I would rather call it respect. But this respect is precisely what motivates me to be better, to be faster and superior."
Luke Furman covers boxing for bokser.org.