Vitali Klitschko (41-2, 37 KOs), of Kiev (Ukraine) and Hamburg (Germany), participated yesterday in a media work out in his training camp in Austria. He discussed his upcoming WBC heavyweight title defense against former European Champion Albert Sosnowski (45-2-1, 27 KOs), of Warsaw (Poland) and Brentwood (UK). The eagerly anticipated heavyweight championship will take place on Saturday, May 29, at VELTINS-Arena Gelsenkirchen, Germany.
About Albert Sosnowski
“I expect Albert Sosnowski to be in the best shape of his life. I am sure that he will not run and hide like my last opponent Kevin Johnson. He said that he will give his all to get my belt, but I am well prepared and will not underestimate him. Albert Sosnwoski is not a big name and not so famous in boxing so far. But that does not count at all. He will be very powerful and will always go forward. He will do anything to get my title.”
About his preparation
“I have trained very hard and I am in a very good condition. I am prepared to go 12 rounds if I have to.”
About the fight in the soccer stadium in Gelsenkirchen, Germany
“I am looking forward to fighting in a big arena as my brother Wladimir did in Schalke and recently in Düsseldorf. The Schalke stadium is great and I am really looking forward to going there in a couple of days. I know from Wladimir’s fight and from soccer matches I have attended in the arena that the fans and the atmosphere are terrific.”
About future fights
“Fights against David Haye and Nikolay Valuev are interesting fights, but I am not sure if they dare to step in the ring with me or my brother. Anyway, I am not thinking of any other opponents than Albert Sosnowski right now. ”
About being a professional athelete and a politician
“Right now I am able to handle both sides well, like Manny Pacquiao in the Philippines. I want to implement western standards in the Ukraine, my country has so much potential and I want to help to make things better.”
FRITZ SDUNEK, Vitali’s trainer:
“Vitali is in an extraordinary shape. Once again, he improved his boxing skills. We have worked a lot on his footwork and he went through more than 110 rounds of sparring.”
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