The former heavyweight champion Klitschko PHOTO: Sky Sports

Wladimir Klitschko wants to fight Anthony Joshua in March or April 2017 and believes he still has a lot of punch to carry on.

The former heavyweight champion has endured a frustrating 12 months since losing his IBF, WBO and WBA titles to Tyson Fury last November.

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The Ukrainian boxer has seen two scheduled rematches with Fury cancelled, before a proposed showdown with Joshua in December failed to materialise.

The 40-year-old not discouraged

But Klitchko says the thought of retirement has never crossed his mind and instead he is eager to step into the ring for a bout agianst the undefeated Briton.

“I’ve never thought about stopping, not once, after the defeat and losing my belts,” Klitschko told German newspaper Bild.

“As long as I can perform in the ring, am fit and motivated, I’ll keep going.

“I want to box in March or April against IBF world champion Anthony Joshua.

”That’ll be the biggest heavyweight fight for years and hopefully it’ll be for three titles.”

Hamburg-based Klitschko will turn 41 next March but he intends to prolong his career which boasts 64 wins, 53 via knockout, and just four defeats.

“There will be a couple of big, spectacular fights with me in the ring.”