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- Updated: February 10, 2017
Come April 29, two of the biggest and baddest names in heavyweight boxing will grandly climb into the ring at the expanded Wembley Stadium and merrily pound each other to smithereens in front of 90,000 plus ecstatic fans.
Veteran Wladimir Klitschko will battle Anthony Joshua for three title belts and the opportunity of being called the most bad-ass heavyweight boxer currently strutting his stuff.
Now, according to the Ukrainian, who along with his brother Vitali formerly had a choke-hold on the sport since the beginning of time, said he is surprised at how ‘big’ the fight has become as tickets to the event have long been sold out.
But, that hasn’t stopped him for preparing extensively for what might well be the fight he is judged by for the rest of his life.
If he wins, he is a card-carrying, breathing and living legend. If he loses, he is just a pathetic punch-drunk has-been who didn’t know when to quit.
Recently being interviewed by TalkSPORT, Wladimir said, “This fight is definitely something we are thinking is going to be great on both sides.
“One Olympic champion is fighting another one, one generation is fighting another generation, so there are a lot of questions.
“Do I still have it? Is Anthony good enough now? All these questions are in our minds. But we never thought it was going to be that big.
“Thankfully, it is that big, and it’s getting even bigger, unexpectedly it’s getting even bigger, and the interest is tremendous and amazing.”
Asked about how he feel about doing battle with 90,000 fans in breathless attendance, he added, “I’m happy about it, because for me it’s an upgrade in my career as a fighter, to fight on my biggest stage that I’ve ever had in front of 90,000 people.
“I had maybe 40,000, 50,000 60,000 but never 90,000. It’s the toughest challenge I’ve ever had, because in a certain way he is a copy of me sizewise and he is a world champion in a professional sport.”
On fighting on British soil, he said he is excited. “I’m happy to be back in the UK, I know we, Vitali and I, since we were fighting have a lot of followers there, and we’ve been fighting British fighters a lot in our careers.
“I know we have fans there to, and not to forget boxing came from Great Britain, so it’s good to be back where boxing came from.”