Despite not having fought in more than a year and being upset by Tyson Fury in his last fight, Wladimir Klitschko insists that he is not declining as a boxer.
Klitschko spoke to skysports.com and said he is not declining and instead improved in various aspects as an athlete.
“Actually the opposite,” Wladimir said. “With age I got faster. And my endurance got better, my anticipation. Until now I’ve seen progress. I always ask my team – you guys better tell me before I slow down, because maybe I won’t feel it. Just tell me if it’s there. So it’s not just my opinion. It’s the opinion of people who are close to me.”
Klitschko will get his chance to prove any doubters wrong when he faces IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua on April 28 at Wembley Stadium. Against a much younger opponent in Joshua, Klitschko said he will use the jab, but as the fight progresses, he'll adjust and pick which of his weapons to use.
"I do have a lot of weapons,” Klitschko said. “One of them is the jab. It depends how much Anthony is going to give me to use, and which weapon I’m going to choose.”
The clash against Joshua will be for Joshua's IBF title as well as for the vacant WBA and IBO titles.