Wladimir Klitschko eyes Olympic gold but Tyson Fury comes first

 Wladimir Klitschko practices

Wladimir Klitschko has set his sights on a second Olympic gold medal two decades after winning his first.

Klitschko says it would be "incredible" to box at this summer's games in Rio having won the super-heavyweight gold for Ukraine at the 1996 Atlanta Games.

However, the former WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight champion, who has won 64 of his 68 bouts since turning professional in 1996, has made a rematch with Tyson Fury his priority.

Fury claimed a shock points win over Klitschko in Dusseldorf in November and is contracted to face the deposed champion again, but a date for the rematch has yet to be confirmed. 

Professional boxers would be eligible to compete in Brazil this August under radical proposals being pushed through by the world governing body, AIBA, which are set to be voted on in June.

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"I think it's right that professional boxers be allowed to compete, but it's not a foregone conclusion that it'll happen," said Klistchko. 

"I am convinced a lot of pro fighters will have difficulties dealing with the style of the amateurs."

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ATLANTA - AUGUST 4:  Vladimir Klitschko of the Ukraine celebrates his Gold Medal win against Paea Wolfgram of Tongo in the 91kg final during the XXVI Olymp
Image: Wladimir Klitschko (left) celebrates winning the gold medal in Atlanta

"My first task is the rematch against Fury," insisted Klitschko, who turns 40 on Friday. "If it fits into my time plan, I'm not ruling out a start at the Rio Olympics. If it's allowed, I'll be there.

"It would be an incredible feeling to be at the Olympics again 20 years after my gold medal in Atlanta."

Klitschko, who suffered his first defeat in a decade against Fury, says he has given no thought to retiring.

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Klitschko is stepping up his training for his world title rematch with Tyson Fury

He is not the only big-name pro boxer eyeing Olympic medals as multiple world champion Manny Pacquiao has said it would be an honour to fight for the Philippines in Rio.

Former heavyweight champion and gold medallist Lennox Lewis has branded the idea "preposterous" while the WBC has vowed to ban any of their champions or top fighters if they compete at the Olympics. 

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