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Q&A: Vitali Klitschko

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By Alexey Potapov

WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (38-2, 37 KOs) who is preparing for his upcoming fight against Kevin Johnson (22-0-1, 9 KOs) on December, 12th at the Post Finance Arena in Berne, Switzerland sat down with Fightnews for an exclusive interview.

Vitali, you’ve just scored a victory on September 26th against Chris Arreola, and you’ve already taken on a fight on December 12th versus Kevin Johnson. Doesn’t it frighten you to have two big fights in such a close amount of time?

No, I am physically fine, and because of that, it doesn’t bother me at all to have fights so close together. My preparation time for a fight is about 8 weeks, and as long as I get that, all is in order.

Not much is known about Johnson. Why did you choose this fight?

Johnson and Arreola both have an excellent record, and are dangerous fighters. At heavyweight all you need is one strong punch to win a fight. I’m not going to underestimate him, but at the same time, I’m not going to overestimate him. I can, and will, protect this belt.

This is an unusual venue for your match. More often, you fight in Germany, and you just came back from fighting in America. Now Switzerland?

My brother and I have been invited to fight in Switzerland for a long time now, and Wladimir and I usually prepare for our fights not far from that region, so I’m glad I finally have the chance to hold a bout there.

There are rumors that the WBC president, Jose Sulaiman, has inquired about you fighting in Mexico…

I haven’t heard too much about this, but believe me, it would really be worth it. I’m ready to discuss such an opportunity. It’d be great to fight in Mexico.

When will the Klitschko brothers own all of the world championship titles?

It’s just a matter of time. Believe me, Wladimir and I will do all that is possible to make that happen.

What did you think of David Haye vs Nikolay Valuev?

I congratulate Haye! He won that fight deservingly.

Would you want to fight Haye?

Yes, now that he is a world champion, he is interesting to my brother and I. I hope that now he won’t be able to cancel any fights against us. After Johnson, I am ready to sit down at the negotiating table.

You’re 38-years-old, but you leave the impression that you have many more years of fighting to go. Do you wish to surpass George Foreman’s record?

No, I don’t want to pass up George Foreman. I won’t box until I’m 45-years-old, but I still have more fights that I need to finish in my career.

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