Wladimir Klitschko believes his title as 'challenger' for Tyson Fury's WBA and WBO world title belts has handed him the advantage in his bid to inflict defeat on the Mancunian at the Manchester Arena in July.
Fury shocked the boxing world by defeating the Ukrainian for the first time in 11 years, with a unanimous decision win in Dusseldorf in November, but Klitschko believes he is in the right frame of mind to regain the belts
The 40-year-old wasted no time in deciding to face Fury in a rematch that was agreed in the previous fight contract, and is ready to prove that defeat at the back end of last year was a blip, rather than a sign that his boxing career is coming to an end.
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"I love it. I just feel younger. I feel better. Believe it or not, I'm enjoying the position I'm at right now. I'm relieved. I'm relaxed but alert." Klitschko told Sky Sports.
"I want to show to myself and to my fans that I can become a champion again and can solve that challenge positively with a positive end for me.
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"I never had a doubt before I made the decision and executed the option on the contract of a rematch. As a matter of fact, I'm very happy about it."
Klitschko admits that time is not on his side, if he is to regain the WBA and WBO belts that he has held concurrently since 2011.
"I'm enjoying the stage and enjoying being an athlete." said Klitschko. " I know it's not going to last forever but at the current stage, I do love what I'm doing and I do like where I'm at right now as a challenger."
The Ukrainian was all but expected to defeat Fury in the original bout, but failed to throw any punches that threatened a stoppage of his opponent within the 12 rounds. And Klitschko has admitted as much himself.
But the heavyweight veteran has fired a warning to his 27-year-old opponent, insisting he will be facing the real Klitschko when they meet in July, despite the bout taking place on Fury's home turf.
Klitschko (64-4-KO53) aims to inflict revenge on Fury, this time, with a knockout victory. However, he will be unable to reclaim the IBF title he lost in November; with the belt vacated after Fury was unable to face his mandatory challenger, due to the contracted rematch.
"It's simple. I was not present. My body was present but I was not present in that ring. I didn't let my hands go." Klitschko admitted. "Through the years, the attitude of defending the titles is different from conquering the man that stands in front of you.
"That attitude changed after I lost. I'm happier and I have a chance to make it straight and bounce back. I feel free. I do feel less pressure and just reloaded.
"It will be a boxing match that will be so enjoyable for the fans and for me as well. I will knock Tyson Fury out."
However, Fury will point to his 100% record in the ring as a reason for why Klitschko should not be too optimistic. And the 27-year-old has regularly updated his fans via his Instagram account, insisting that his training camp has been a success, so far.
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