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Klitschko vs Leapai: Wladimir looking to fight for ten more years

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Wladimir Klitschko says he wants to make history and fight on another ten years.

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Wladimir Klitschko is 38, but the reigning world heavyweight champion has no intention to retire any time soon, telling Die Welt that he's looking to fight on long enough to break Joe Louis' record. Louis held the title for 12 years, between 1937 and 1949. Klitschko has held a heavyweight title since 2006, when he beat Chris Byrd for the IBF belt.

"Ten more years. My mission is not yet finished. ... I feel the combination of experience, athleticism, technique, and strategy makes me the complete professional."

Klitschko (61-3, 51 KO) faces Alex Leapai this Saturday on ESPN in the U.S., RTL in Germany, and Eurosport in the United Kingdom. It's yet another fight where it's expected that Wladimir will roll over his opponent, as there seems to be no legitimate competition out there for him, unless one of the division's young guns like Tyson Fury or Deontay Wilder turns out to be a formidable challenge soon. That's possible, but given the bust rate of heavyweights stepping up in recent years, who knows?

Do you expect Klitschko to actually fight on another decade?