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Interview with Wladimir Klitschko

HBO

Your stated goal is to unify the titles. From where things stand today, are you optimistic you will get that chance?

Klitschko

I don't want to talk about unifications before my fight on Saturday night.

HBO

At a German press conference for this fight, both you and your trainer Emanuel Steward predicted an early knockout. Why do you feel that way?

Klitschko

I never in my whole career predicted an early knockout. But I would love to win convincingly in every fight.

HBO

Ray Austin at 6'-6, is the first fighter you have faced in many years who is as big as you. Will that present any problems?

Klitschko

I have fought many fights as an amateur and as a professional against tall opponents (e.g. Jameel McCline).I'm well prepared for this fight.

HBO

You were hoping for a fight with one of the title holders. How do you avoid looking past Austin to a reunification fight?

Klitschko

Austin is my mandatory challenger. I know that he is a dangerous opponent. I won't underestimate him.

HBO

Have you done anything different in training camp in your preparation for this fight?

Klitschko

The camp went very well. I have been in my camp for the last 6 weeks on Majorca/Spain

HBO

Why do you like training in Spain?

Klitschko

The most important: the weather is great. The hotel and the gym are excellent.

HBO

Tell us how your relationship with Steward has changed since he first became your trainer in 2003.

Klitschko

Manny and myself are very close. Every training camp is very special. I have the feeling that through Manny's input I improve myself from camp to camp.

HBO

You will be 31 this month, just entering the prime age for a heavyweight. Do you sense you are at the top of your game, or is there more room for improvement.

Klitschko

There should always be room for improvement. If you ever think you know everything that's the first step towards defeat.

HBO

Do you have a time table for what you want to accomplish before you retire?

Klitschko

I would love to unify the titles - but more important is to become the "People's Champion".

HBO

When you do retire, how would you like to be remembered by boxing fans?

Klitschko

At the moment I don't think about retirement.

HBO

You are a highly-educated boxer. If you had chosen to pursue a career other than in boxing, what would it have been?

Klitschko

I'm still young and I let you know after my last fight what career I will pursue after boxing.

2007-03-10T00:00:00Z

Wladimir Klitschko vs Ray Austin

HBO WCB - Mar. 10, 2007

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