Sport Klitschko looks beyond Joshua fight, has no plans to retire

03:05  25 april  2017
03:05  25 april  2017 Source:   Reuters

Column: Remember when people said boxing was dead?

  Column: Remember when people said boxing was dead? Madison Square Garden was filled with 20,000 boxing fans last month, and they were treated to Gennady Golovkin, Danny Jacobs and a spectacular night of fights. This week, 90,000 fans are expected to jam London's Wembley Stadium for the most significant heavyweight fight in a long time. British Olympic gold medalist Anthony Joshua meets former champion Wladimir Klitschko in a title fight that figures to put a charge into a division that has been neglected for far too long.A week after that, Canelo Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.

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 .

Wladimir Klitschko has no plans to bring the curtain down on his professional career and is relishing the pressure ahead of his title fight against Anthony Joshua .

Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko pose during the press conference © REUTERS Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko pose during the press conference 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.

Everything is supersized in big heavyweight title fight

  Everything is supersized in big heavyweight title fight Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko drew the kind of crowd for their final news conference that most fighters would be happy with once they got in the ring. Everything is supersized in their heavyweight title fight, including the fighters themselves.The two big — and big punching — heavyweights meet Saturday night in England's national stadium, where some 90,000 fans are expected to watch the most anticipated heavyweight fight in more than a decade. Most will be screaming for Joshua, but the loudest voice may be that of Klitschko's brother, Vitali, in his corner.

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 .

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 .

"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."

(Reporting by Aditi Prakash in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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