Wladimir Klitschko has accepted his underdog label and says it will help motivate him in the ring.
Klitschko will face Anthony Joshua in front of sold out Wembley stadium come April 29, with the WBA ‘super’ and IBF belts on the line.
The Ukrainian boxer is fighting his 28th world title fight against Joshua, who has not lost in his 18 professional fights.
“Can you believe this? I’m actually an underdog,” he told Sky Sports’ exclusive Behind The Ropes.
“I actually talk to myself sometimes and I say “Wlad, you’re an underdog. It’s great, it’s beyond motivation and I just only can win, I can’t lose, I only can win.
“Originally this phrase, I’ve heard from JF Kennedy, when the first human team went to the moon and he said this one line – failure is not an option – so you’re going to get to the moon and you’re going to come back, which happened.
“So failure was not an option and in a certain way I adjusted it to my mentality and to my team slogan, that ‘failure is not an option’.
“It’s really something that you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do. There is no other option – you have to do it.”