Klitschko Wary Of Poland's Sosnowski

ESSEN, Germany -- World heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko has said he expects challenger Albert Sosnowski to make full use of his opportunity to take his WBC title when the pair clash this weekend.

Ukrainian Vitali Klitschko

This will be the fourth defence for the 38-year-old Klitschko of the title he won in October 2008 and the giant Ukrainian says he is in the form of his life.

"I feel in top shape," he said with the fight set to take place at the Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen on Saturday night.

"For Sosnowski, this will be the fight of his life, he will give it everything he has so I will not underestimate him."

At the beginning of this week, 35,000 of the available 50,000 tickets had been sold and Klitschko has spent eight weeks in the United States, where he has a home, preparing for the fight.

Sosnowski, 31, and 13 centimetres shorter than Klitschko, is the European heavyweight champion and was confident of his chances.

"I am one hundred percent convinced that on Sunday I will be the new world champion and I will be writing history," said the Polish fighter.

"As always, my chances are 50-50, Vitali is a good fighter and I have to fight aggresively in any case."

Sosnowski has won 45 of his 48 professional fights, 27 of them by knock-out and the last of his two defeats came in August 2008 to Zuri Lawrence of the United States.

In contrast, Klitschko has 39 victories from 41 fights with an impressive 37 knockouts.

"My knock-out rate is 97 percent, so the probability of an early victory is 97 percent," said Klitschko with a grin.

Source: Times Live