Wladimir Klitschko:’ This know it sounds arrogant, but I am like Mount Everest’
The 41 -year-olds training camp in the Alps looks like the establish for a repugnance cinema and he tells Sachin Nakrani he is in the mood to give Anthony Joshua a scare when they meet on 29 April at Wembley
Stanglwirt is a sprawling bio-hotel located in the Austrian Alps and which at first glance consider this to be the create for a slow-burning, creepy horror movie. With its mountainous background and somewhat kitsch interior heavy grove panelling, stripy sofas it brought by memories of the Overlook Hotel from Stephen Kings The Shining. Walk through the hall, past the staff garmented in lederhosen, and it feels like exclusively a matter of time until a clock “re going away”, a jackas springs out and a figure falls down the stairs.
But on this spring visit there is no fright to be had. Instead, amid the restaurants and rails, the spas, saunas and wading pool, resides a fib of saving. Or, as Wladimir Klitschko throws it, fulfilling an obsession.
The heavyweight is here to prepare for his contest with Anthony Joshua at Wembley Stadium on 29 April. Stanglwirt has been his pre-fight basi since 2003 and a home he describes as a residence away from home. It is easy to see the are calling for all its Heres Johnny! calibers, the complex , now more than 250 years old, is a beautiful residence to expend some time. Pristine, picturesque, heated, friendly and with spate to do and ingest. For Klitschko it is somewhere to get his memory and form right, which now more than ever is important for a boxing great who, as he declares, is about to take on a career-defining challenge.
Klitschko has not fought since his shock defeat to Tyson Fury in Dsseldorf 17 few months ago. It was an outcome that not only stripped the Ukrainian of his WBA, IBF and WBO claims but likewise of his cloak of near-invincibility. Dr Steelhammer, a fighter who had fastened 53 of his 64 success across a 27 -year career by knockout, was outgunned by a man who garmented as Batman for one of their pre-fight press conference. Fury was a joke, hitherto after a unanimous places decision on 28 November 2015 he was the one laughing.
Much happens to Fury since that night and one of the consequences has been Klitschko missing out on a rematch that would have catered him with a chance to prove he is no busted flush after a fourth win since becoming professional in 1996. Unfinished business, as he makes it. Now, lastly, rises the chance for him to go again against a British fighter.