Klitschko “obsessed” with regaining heavyweight crown

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Former champion Wladimir Klitschko says he is obsessed with regaining his world heavyweight crown.

Klitschko “obsessed” with regaining heavyweight crown

SHOWS: LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (SEPTEMBER 12, 2016) (REUTERS – ACCESS ALL)

1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FORMER HEAVYWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPION, WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO, SAYING ON LOSING TO TYSON FURY LAST YEAR:

“It was a great experience for me. I always thought that if one door closes the other opens, and there is always something that you can gain out of it, I have gained a lot of experience and I have tremendous motivation and I am obsessed with the goal to get the titles back.”

2. KLITSCHKO POSING WITH PHOTO OF FURY

3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FORMER HEAVYWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPION, WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO, SAYING:

“I am expecting him to better this time, I am going to be better, I am going to be different. He is going to do the same because we have fought previously, we know each other well, so that is why there is going to be so much fun and challenges in the ring.”

STORY: Former champion Wladimir Klitschko said he is obsessed with regaining his world heavyweight crown and he would wait for as long as it takes for his re-match with Britain’s Tyson Fury.

The fight has been fixed for Oct. 29 in Manchester, having been postponed in July when Fury suffered an ankle injury, although doubts have been raised about whether it would go ahead after Fury was charged with an anti-doping violation.

Fury, who denies the allegations, caused a huge shock when he deservedly took a unanimous points victory over Klitschko in Dusseldorf last November to de-throne the Ukrainian who had ruled the heavyweight division for a decade.

Klitschko, who has since turned 40, said that defeat by the 28-year-old so-called Gypsy King had motivated him to get better.

“It was a great experience for me,” he said at a news conference in London on Monday (September 12) at which Fury failed to show.

“I always thought that if one door closes the other opens, and there is always something that you can gain out of it, I have gained a lot of experience and I have tremendous motivation and I am obsessed with the goal to get the titles back,” he added.

Klitschko, who will be fighting to reclaim the WBO and WBA belts after Fury was stripped of his IBF crown because he did not fight a mandatory challenger, suggested Fury would be a better opponent second time round.

“I am expecting him to better this time, I am going to be better, I am going to be different,” Klitschko said. “We have fought previously, we know each other well, so that is why there is going to be so much fun and challenges in the ring.”

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