Wladimir Klitschko: I’m expecting more British challenges
Despite having ruled out bouts with David Haye or Dereck Chisora, Wladimir Klitschko says it's likely he will face future world title challenges from British fighters.
Klitschko said: "Tyson Fury and David Price are two true heavyweights. They're taller than I am and bigger and heavier. They have a definite chance to become great fighters and, one day, to become champions."
However, the WBA, WBO and IBF champion warned that dethroning him and his brother, WBC champion Vitali, would be no easy task and cited the experience gained through his long career as his primary advantage over contenders.
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"You can only dominate the sport as we do because of experience", explained the champion. "You cannot buy it in the shop. You have to gain it through the years from positive [outcomes] and failures. Now, to me, boxing has become a chess game where I can tell what's going to come next."
With both Klitschkos on top of the world, Wladimir insists the brothers intend to rule the heavyweight division for some time to come. "There are two things that can stop us fighting: health and motivation," said Wladimir. "If one is missing, there's no way we'd continue our careers. But so far, I don't have any intention to retire."
Reflecting on Lamont Peterson's recent positive drug test that resulted in the cancellation of the American's world title re-match with Amir Khan, Klitschko explained he didn't believe boxing has a wider problem with performance-enhancing drugs.
"There is certainly reason to have doping tests to stop treatments that will make a fighter perform better, but I think doping is more common in a sport like athletics or weightlifting," he stated. "In boxing, you can't get strategy, tactics and technique from doping. It's doesn't give you much advantage."
Klitschko is available on Blu-ray and DVD on 28 May 2012 from Universal Pictures (UK)
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