Wladimir Klitschko unveils his five step plan to take down Anthony Joshua

Ukrainian and British boxers will battle at Wembley in 2017

BY Raf Diallo 16:17 Wednesday 14 December 2016, 16:17 14 Dec 2016

Boxer Wladimir Klitschko gestures during a press conference with Anthony Joshua to announce their unification fight for the IBF, IBO and WBA World Heavyweight titles at Wembley Stadium in London, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016. The fight is expected to take place at Wembley Stadium in London on April 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Wladimir Klitschko says he has a five step plan to become a world heavyweight boxing champion once again.

The Ukrainian will challenge Britain's Anthony Joshua for his IBF belt at Wembley in April when the WBA title will also be on the line.

Klitschko was speaking at a press conference alongside Joshua as they begin the build up to the April 29th 2017 fight.

"In the first step, my target is to become a three-times world champion. I’ve been holding myself back for a year and a half, which is the first time in my entire 26-year career," he said.

"The second step is all [about] the consequences. When I win this fight, I will help [Anthony Joshua] come back.

"The third step, obviously I need somebody that's going to help myself get into perfect shape. So I will have sparring partners - my direct competitors that want to knock me out in the ring doing the sparring sessions. [Joshua and I] are probably going to look at the same guys, because we’re the same size, same arm length. So those sparring partners will definitely help me get something back. The fourth step, I imagine standing in the middle of this stadium, holding those belts in my hands to all the fans. We're talking about 18,000-19,000."

After recalling a fight in 1999 when he was booed against a home favourite, he then continued: "And the fifth and the final step, which is very important to me, is I am obsessed with my first step, my goal to become champion." 

Klitschko held the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles until November 28th 2015 when he was defeated by Tyson Fury by unanimous decision in Dusseldorf, Germany.

For his part, Joshua said, "Knockout is the cherry on the top. To win, whichever way, I think is very possible. This is the fight that can change from champion to legend."  

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