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Klitschko says ‘upgrades’ will help him beat Joshua.

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Anthony Joshua v Wladimir Klitschko Press Conference Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Better. Faster. Stronger.

41-year-old former heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko says that he’s more than pleased about how his training camp has been progressing thus far. Klitschko is in the midst of preparing to end a 17-month layoff when he’ll challenge current titlist Anthony Joshua on April 29 at Wembley Stadium. And to that end the Ukrainian fighter says he’s been making the necessary upgrades in his game in order to take out the young champion.

"There's so many things, even at this stage of my career, that is being upgraded. So, it's getting better and more exciting," the former two-time world heavyweight champion told Sky Sports News HQ.

"I am happy about it and I am very fortunate. I've been working for it for a long time and things happen for a reason. I am happy about having AJ as my opponent because AJ needs me and I need AJ to make this event happen.”

Klitschko goes on to mention that he feels a compulsion to prove to himself that he still has what it takes to compete at the elite level of the sport after having a poor outing where he lost all his titles to Tyson Fury in late 2015.

"That's my passion, that's my obsession and I want to show to myself that I've still got it."

It seems pretty clear to me that the biggest thing Klitschko has to work on is his punch output. In the Fury fight he was seldom able to pull the trigger, and that could possibly be due to Fury’s awkward style — or it could just be because Klitschko is up there in age.

But what’s your hunch, fans? Do you think Klitschko can turn it around at this point, or has time simply passed him by?

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