Klitschko obsessed with regaining heavyweight crown

Mon Sep 12, 2016 12:06pm EDT
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By Martyn Herman

LONDON (Reuters) - Former champion Wladimir Klitschko said he is obsessed with regaining his world heavyweight crown and he would wait for as long as it takes for his re-match with Britain's Tyson Fury.

The fight has been fixed for Oct. 29 in Manchester, having been postponed in July when Fury suffered an ankle injury, although doubts have been raised about whether it would go ahead after Fury was charged with an anti-doping violation.

Fury, who denies the allegations, caused a huge shock when he deservedly took a unanimous points victory over Klitschko in Dusseldorf last November to de-throne the Ukrainian who had ruled the heavyweight division for a decade.

Klitschko, who has since turned 40, said that defeat by the 28-year-old so-called Gypsy King had motivated him to get better.

"It was actually a great experience for me," he said at a news conference in London at which Fury failed to show.

"I always say that when one door closes another opens. I've gained out of it and have great motivation and I'm obsessed with the goal to get my titles back.

"I'm patient. Even if it doesn't happen in October, I will wait. Time will eventually run out for Fury," he added.

Fury's promoter Frank Warren said there were no "contractual" problems surrounding the fight and that it would go ahead -- saying UK Anti-Doping's independent tribunal into allegations of Fury testing positive for a banned substance would take place after the re-match.   Continued...

Wladimir Klitschko during the press conference. Tyson Fury & Wladimir Klitschko Head-to-Head Press Conference - Landmark London Hotel - 12/9/16. Action Images via Reuters / Peter Cziborra Livepic