As 41-year-old former champion Wladimir Klitschko looks to reclaim a world title, he dismisses the notion of his decline and likens his career to Mount Everest’s ability to withstand time and challengers -- making him cold, formidable, and dangerous.
Klitschko says that Anthony Joshua is going navigate that deadly terrain if he’s to earn a win over him:
"Please excuse me and this may sound arrogant, but for example, a parallel: Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world," Klitschko said. "It's there. It's been there for a long time and will be there for a long time. You can climb it during a certain period of time: during two weeks in April I believe.
“You can get to the top and say 'I conquered Everest'. Then you've got to run down because it's going to take you down if you miss the time. "After you're down, a lot of people died there. Some made it, not many, but some made it back. But Mount Everest is still there. Is Mount Everest defeated? It's still there and it's going to take another life this April.”
Now I’m not so sure I’ve ever seen Klitschko so emboldened before, but If I learned one thing from watching the movie Everest, it’s that it’s not a good idea to try to climb Everest. Joshua will have to attempt the feat, though, and it all begins on April 29. Just bring a few extra oxygen tanks.