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Video: Wladimir Klitschko: I am lucky to have this fight

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Wladimir Klitschko says he feels much better now that he doesn’t have the pressure on him any longer of being a heavyweight world champion. Wladimir, 41, is the underdog this Saturday night against IIBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua. Instead of Wladimir being the favorite, it’s Joshua who has all the expectations of his horde of fans that will be cheering him on this Saturday night at Wembley Stadium in London, England.

Well, it sure does sound like Wladimir is making excuses for his inept performance against Tyson Fury.

“This is my chance, my opportunity, my obsession,” said Wladimir to ESPN.com. ”It’s my signature fight. I have a chance to fight myself to heaven. How is it not [a signature fight]? I am a lucky mother-[expletive] to get the opportunity to fight on the biggest stage of my career and with attention I never ever had before.”

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I do agree that Wladimir is lucky to be fighting on the big stage against Anthony Joshua in front of 90,000 fans at Wembley Stadium. If this were another heavyweight coming off of a loss like the one Wladimir suffered against Fury, he wouldn’t be considered for a second for a fight against Joshua, and he definitely wouldn’t be fighting in front of 90,000 fans.

”I don’t have the pressure of defending, defending, defending and trying to break Joe Louis’ records anymore. I am a free man,” said Wladimir. ”I now have freedom in my mind, body and soul and I love it. I don’t have this pressure anymore. I was like hamster in the hamster wheel — defending, defending, defending. Now I am out of that wheel.”

Why doesn’t Wladimir just own his loss to Tyson Fury in 2015 instead of blabbering about the pressure being the reason why he lost the fight. It seems to me that Wladimir lacked the nerve to throw punches. You can’t put that on him having pressure on his back, can you?

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