Wladimir Klitschko has shrugged off the postponement of his rematch with Tyson Fury and revealed revenge is driving him on.
The 40-year-old Ukrainian will attempt to regain the WBA Super and WBO world heavyweight titles from Fury, who has been forced to call off the scheduled July 9 clash due to an ankle sprain.
Far from feeling pressure to recover the material belongings he lost back in November 2015 – which included the IBF belt now held by Anthony Joshua, Klitschko admits that what is motivating him during preparations is the fact Fury has made him "emotional".
In an interview reported on boxingscene.com, Klitschko said: "It's not about belts. The belts are secondary. It's a man who put a defeat on your list, so I'm fighting not for the belts. It's about Tyson Fury and I am emotional about it and I love it.
Fury is injured and rematch postponed. This just means I'll get my belt a few weeks later." #NowMoreThanEver
— Klitschko (@Klitschko) June 24, 2016
"I'm excited about it. I respect the sanctioning bodies but it's frustrating sometimes because you are collecting the belts for many years, you are making all those negotiations for many years because any unification fight is a very complex process.
"You collect the world title belts through the years and in every fight you put them on the line then 'boom', someone else has all the parts. I was laughing about it afterwards because as soon as the chef has left the kitchen, the rats are dancing on the table.
"It's getting more exciting because we're getting other champions, so there's more energy in boxing. I'm looking forward to revenge at his home. It will happen in his own backyard.
"Fury is not going to change. He will always be chaotic. Fury doesn't know himself how he's going to fight. That is a matter of fact. He's a very interesting person. He might change his style from orthodox to southpaw but it doesn't matter. There is no 'if.' I'm going to bounce back."
Klitschko is likely to be waiting until late September or early October before facing Fury, who has recently been at Euro 2016 supporting England.