Wladimir Klitschko wants to fight British heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua in “March or April”. The Ukrainian lost his WBA, WBO and IBF belts to Tyson Fury in November 2015.
Fury has since vacated the WBA belt while Joshua won the IBF belt with victory over Charles Martin in April.
Klitschko and Joshua were down to meet in December but promoter Eddie Hearn said the rival camps had run out of time in attempting to make that bout a reality amid confusion over titles.
Klitschko will turn 41 in March but he insists that retirement is not on his agenda, while Joshua very much is. “I want to box in March or April against IBF world champion Anthony Joshua,” said Klitschko.
“I’ve never thought about stopping, not once, after the defeat and losing my belts. “As long as I can perform in the ring, am fit and motivated, I’ll keep going.
There will be a couple of big, spectacular fights with me in the ring.” Joshua is unbeaten in 17 pro fights since he made the step up after winning Olympic gold at the London 2012 Games.
The WBA has yet to state whether its vacant title would be on the line should Klitschko and Joshua meet.
Joshua, meanwhile, is expected to find an alternative opponent for a clash in Manchester on December 10, with fellow British champion David Price and American Eric Molina amongst those to declare their interest.