Wladimir Klitschko: Hopefully I Have a Couple of Years Left in Me

With no question marks over his health or motivation, former champion Wladimir Klitschko has no plans to bring the curtain down on his 21-year professional career and is relishing the pressure ahead of his title fight against Briton Anthony Joshua.

Klitschko, who went unbeaten for 11 years before losing to Tyson Fury in 2015, has 64 wins against four defeats and will be hoping to seize Joshua's IBF heavyweight crown as well as the vacant WBA and IBO titles also up for grabs.

"Hopefully, I have a couple of years left in me," the 41-year-old Ukrainian told British media. "I was always saying health and motivation is very important. If one of those things is missing then it doesn't make sense to continue."


Klitschko will face Joshua on April 29 in front of a 90,000 strong crowd at Wembley, one of the largest crowds in British boxing.

"In regards to pressure, it's just enjoyable. Anthony Joshua is a great fighter, I'm taking on the best out there to be the best. It's challenging... My next stage is bigger than my last," Klitschko said.

"The attention for the previous fight was less compared with this. It is an upgrade, it is a winning upgrade. I love it."

Joshua and Klitschko will perform public work-outs at Wembley Arena on Tuesday evening to kick-off fight week ahead of their blockbuster clash

UK fight fans can watch Joshua and Klitschko go through their training routines ahead of their battle at the national stadium as well as fighters on the bumper undercard.

Three Team GB Rio Olympians kick-off the work out from 6pm as Lawrence Okolie, Joe Cordina and Josh Kelly land on the biggest stage early in the pro careers, while Irish Olympic gold medal hero Katie Taylor is gunning for her first pro title when she faces Nina Meinke in an eliminator for the WBA World Lightweight crown with the Inter-Continental strap on the line.

Luke Campbell MBE is the fourth Olympic gold medallist on the bill and he faces his toughest night in the paid ranks to date when he meets former World champion Darleys Perez in an eliminator for the number one spot in the WBA at Lightweight, while Scott Quigg fights under new trainer Freddie Roach for the first time against Viorel Simion in an eliminator for the IBF Featherweight crown.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by The Time on 04-24-2017

[QUOTE=stellen;17616144]For the good of boxing and its immediate future we need to see klitsko lose and retire this saturday night. Just imagine him as a champion again back on the old jab and grab campaign. Please god no, we need…

Comment by The Time on 04-24-2017

You "HOPE" Klitschko, you "HOPE" I hear you loud and clear

Comment by etech1 on 04-24-2017

Given the fact that it was 2 brothers that conquered the HWs for over a decade, I'll say that they had one heck of a run, but the Klitschko era offically ends in 6 days. Klitschko cant pull the trigger…

Comment by stellen on 04-24-2017

For the good of boxing and its immediate future we need to see klitsko lose and retire this saturday night. Just imagine him as a champion again back on the old jab and grab campaign. Please god no, we need…

Comment by juggernaut666 on 04-24-2017

Both Klitchko and Joshua will tear through the division if he stays win or lose . People say hes too old yet theses same ppl wouldn't bet against him with Parker or Wilder ,makes no sense really !:dunno:

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