Gerald Washington has claimed he rejected the chance to join Anthony Joshua’s training camp, opting for Klitschko’s instead.
The battle between Joshua and Klitschko is drawing ever close, as the April 29 fight at Wembley is mere weeks away.
Both boxers have been surrounding themselves with the best boxers for sparring partners, with Washington joining Klitschko’s camp.
“They asked me to come, and I would love to work with [Joshua] also, but I wanted to be around someone who has had longevity like the long-time champion,” Washington exclusively told Sky Sports.
“I want to gain that experience. I want to be around a guy that has worked with great trainers like Emanuel Steward and Johnathon Banks.
“It’s great to be around such a great champion like Wladimir, who’s been doing it for such a long time. You can feel the knowledge that is floating around and I’m trying to absorb as much as I can.
“We have a morning workout, then sparring in the evenings. Wladimir looks very good – he’s fast and mobile, and he’s putting together a great game-plan.
“He’s a great guy – you can see the level of professionalism that he brings to the table. It’s refreshing to see a classy guy. I always learn from guys who have been there before, and have walked that path.
“I have a lot of things to learn, and that’s why this training camp with Klitschko is so vital to me. I can get the experience behind-the-scenes and continue to grow. I want to go to other camps, and be around guys that can help me grow, because I’ve got a taste for it.”