Wladimir Klitschko:’ This may sound egotistical, but I am like Mount Everest’
The 41 -year-olds training camp in the Alps looks like the create for a horror movie 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 define for a slow-burning, creepy repugnance movie. With its mountainous background and somewhat kitsch interior heavy lumber panelling, stripy sofas it brought by storages of the Overlook Hotel from Stephen Kings The Shining. Walk through the foyer, past all staff members dressed in lederhosen, and it feels like simply a matter of age until a clock goes off, a jackas springs out and a body falls down the stairs.
But on this spring visit there is no repugnance to be had. Instead, amid the restaurants sector and prohibits, the spas, saunas and swimming pools, resides a storey of atonement. Or, as Wladimir Klitschko employs 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 region he describes as a dwelling away from home. It is easy-going to see the is calling for all its Heres Johnny! excellences, the complex , now more than 250 years old, is a beautiful home to spend some time. Pristine, picturesque, warm, friendly and with slew to do and destroy. For Klitschko it is somewhere to get his judgment and organization right, which now more than ever is important for a boxing great who, as he admits, 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 is not simply stripped the Ukrainian of his WBA, IBF and WBO deeds but too of his conceal of near-invincibility. Dr Steelhammer, a fighter who had fastened 53 of his 64 wins 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 pun, yet after a unanimous degrees decision on 28 November 2015 he was the one laughing.
Much has happened 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.