Wladimir Klitschko:’ This know it sounds haughty, but I am like Mount Everest’
The 41 -year-olds training camp in the Alps was like the located for a fright 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 looks like the settle for a slow-burning, creepy-crawly fright movie. With its mountainous background and somewhat kitsch interior heavy lumber panelling, stripy sofas it brought about by memories of the Overlook Hotel from Stephen Kings The Shining. Walk through the vestibule, past the staff members dressed in lederhosen, and it feels like merely a matter of time until a clock goes off, a jackas springs out and a organization falls down the stairs.
But on this spring visit there is no repugnance to be had. Instead, amid the restaurants and saloons, the spas, saunas and wading pool, resides a storey of atonement. Or, as Wladimir Klitschko sets it, fulfilling an obsession.
The heavyweight is here to prepare for his bout with Anthony Joshua at Wembley Stadium on 29 April. Stanglwirt has been his pre-fight base since 2003 and a lieu he describes as a residence away from home. It is easy to see the appeal for all its Heres Johnny! calibers, the complex , now more than 250 years old, is a beautiful plaza to waste some time. Pristine, picturesque, heated, friendly and with batch to do and devour. For Klitschko it is somewhere to get his intellect and figure right, which now now more than ever is important for a boxing great who, as he acknowledges, is about to take over a career-defining challenge.
Klitschko has not fought since his shock defeat to Tyson Fury in Dsseldorf 17 months ago. It was an outcome that not only stripped the Ukrainian of his WBA, IBF and WBO names but likewise of his mantle of near-invincibility. Dr Steelhammer, a fighter who had self-assured 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 news conference. Fury was a joke, hitherto after a unanimous moments 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 overcome since turning professional in 1996. Unfinished business, as he gives it. Now, finally, comes the chance for him to go again against a British fighter.