Wladimir Klitschko willing to fight Anthony Joshua next Spring

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Wladimir Klitschko has stated that he would like to fight Anthony Joshua in 2017.

A proposed clash between the two in December fell through, after promoter Eddie Hearn had pushed hard for the bout to take place.

Klitschko lost his IBF, WBO and WBA world heavyweight titles to Tyson Fury in November 2014, in a massive upset, handing him just the fourth defeat of a career that has now spanned 68 fights.

However, thanks to a lack of fitness and problems with drugs, Fury has twice cancelled a rematch with the Ukranian for the belts.

Despite the prospect of turning 41 next March, Klitschko has no intention of retiring anytime soon, and the 6ft 6" heavyweight is keen on battling Joshua early next year.

He told the German newspaper Bild: "I've never thought about stopping, not once, after the defeat and losing my belts.

"As long as I can perform in the ring, am fit and motivated, I'll keep going.

"I want to box in March or April against IBF world champion Anthony Joshua. That'll be the biggest heavyweight fight for years and hopefully it'll be for three titles."

All parties seem interested in the bout, making it  highly likely that the bout will take place some time next year, which is sure to be the toughest of his career.

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