With just under a month to go until the big world heavyweight title rematch in Manchester, Wladimir Klitschko has vowed to win back the WBA/IBF/IBO gold.
The legendary, long standing former champion was dethroned in November when Tyson Fury sensationally eased to a unanimous decision points win in Germany but is intending to be on the front foot this time: “The difference is I’m going to let my hands go which I didn’t in the first fight.”
Speaking during a specially recorded TV segment ‘Face to Face’ at April’s pre-fight press conference, Klitschko directed towards Fury: “When I let them go, you’ll see the difference.”
Klitschko is aiming to use the unfamiliar circumstance of being the challenger to his motivation.
“Believe it or not, I enjoy where I am right now as the challenger. I am relieved, relaxed but alert. I love that. It’s totally different to what I have had in the past 11 years.”
Also added to the card is Commonwealth and English featherweight champion Isaac Lowe will next appear on July 9 at the Manchester Arena, as part of the undercard to Tyson Fury's world heavyweight title defence against Wladimir Klitschko, and admits he wouldn't be boxing at all if it wasn't for the influence and guidance of the best heavyweight on the planet.
Lowe, unbeaten in 13 pro fights, has looked up to Fury throughout the course of his own four-year professional career, even turning to him during difficult times, and says he owes him a lot.
“Many times I've been down and thought about giving up this sport – throwing it in – but Tyson has been the one who has come and picked me back up and given me the encouragement to keep going,” Lowe explains. “He has got me back in the gym and sometimes taken me away training to freshen things up.
“A lot of people just judge him based on what they see on television. But, trust me, get him off camera and he's a completely guy altogether. He's always been someone I have respected and looked up to. He's down-to-earth, kind, funny, likes a laugh. He's like a big baby, to tell you the truth. Sometimes you've got to tell him what to do. He gets carried away. He's also inspirational and is a teacher. That's the role he has played in my life. I wouldn't be where I am now in boxing if it wasn't for Tyson.
“Now we're both on the same show together and we're going to make history. It's going to be a night to remember for both of us. It will probably be a bit emotional, too.”
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