Former world heavyweight boxing champion Wladimir Klitschko expressed confidence on Thursday (28 April) that he would regain the titles he lost to Briton Tyson Fury when they meet for a re-match in July.
“That fight is going to be exciting from the first bell and the end result of the fight and the name is going to be changed since I’m going to win this fight,” said Klitschko at a news conference in Cologne.
The Ukrainian-born former IBF, WBA and WBO title holder has exercised his right to request a second meeting with the Englishman, who defeated him in a unanimous points victory in Duesseldorf last November.
Fury told reporters: “All of my dreams, from being a kid this big, dreamed of being heavyweight champion of the world.”
“Now that the burden is on these shoulders it’s a hard work, it’s not for the normal person. You have to be a very special, extraordinary athlete to carry and conduct yourself as a proper human being like Wlad, rather than someone like me who is not that professional and out of shape all the time,” Fury added.
“Hopefully he can get his belts back and we can go back to how it was: me looking up to Wlad and Wlad not even knowing me,” Fury joked.
Fury will face Klitschko in a re-match in Manchester on July 9 after stunning the long-reigning Ukrainian in Germany in November to win the WBA and WBO belts.