Wladimir Klitschko is EXTREMELY motivated to beat IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua to win his title, as well as the vacant WBA title that will be on the line for the fight this Saturday in London. Wladimir lost his IBF, IBO, WBA and WBO heavyweight titles in his last fight against Tyson Fury in 2015. Wiladimir admits that he had an off night, and didn’t fight at 100% of his capability in that fight, which is why he’s worked harder in this training camp for the Joshua (18-0, 18 KOs) fight than he has in a long time.
“The belts are very important. I’ve been attached to these belts for a very long,” said Wladimir about the world level belts he lost. “I had those belts in my past fight, and I’m fighting for these belts in this fight. The only difference is in my last fight they went to the opposite corner. So my goal and obsession is for those belts to land in my corner, in my hands.”
Wladimir will have his chance this Saturday to snatch the IBF and WBA titles in front of a huge crowd of 90,000 of angry fans at Wembley Stadium in London, England. Some of those fans will be there to root for Wladimir, but my guess is at least 80,000 of the fans will be from England, cheering Joshua from start to finish.
For some reason, Wladimir seems motivated to fight in front of a hostile crowd for this fight instead of the usual German fans that he fights in front of in Germany. Wladimir is a big star in Germany, and he usually fights in large stadiums over there. He’ll be fighting in a stadium against Joshua on Saturday. The difference will be against him rather than for him.
“I’m only going to be myself – the fight is already as big as it can be,” said Joshua. “There’s belts on the line, there’s legacy on the line, there’s 12 rounds of intense, ferocious boxing on the line. It comes with everything you want to see – boxing skills, power, timing. It’s just how long you can last and withstand each other’s abilities. I don’t hate Klitschko, I don’t dislike Klitschko, but I want to beat Klitschko. Someone is going to win and someone is going to continue with their career. And I’m very confident that’s me.”