WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO cannot wait to wave goodbye to a frustrating 2016 as he focuses on a super-fight with Anthony Joshua.
The former heavyweight kingpin will be ringside when Joshua, 27, makes the second defence of his IBF world title against Eric Molina in Manchester on Saturday.
A win for undefeated AJ sets up a Wembley Stadium showdown in April, when the vacant WBA Super belt will also be up for grabs.
And Klitschko is looking forward to erasing the memory of an aborted rematch with Tyson Fury, who dethroned him in Germany in November 2015.
The Ukrainian said: “There is nothing definite except life and death, but we hope Joshua will win against Molina and I am pretty confident he’s going to do it.
“I’m looking forward to the fight and hope the strongest man is going to win, which is Joshua. We will then look forward to our fight next year.
“I don’t want to sit still any longer and be inactive. There’s a possible date of April 29 for the fight with Joshua.
“This is the longest time I’ve been out of the ring. I haven’t fought for over a year now and it will be a year-and-a-half by the time I am back.
“With this possible fight, I’m looking forward to getting back in the ring and to win those titles that are going to be on the line. That’s what I’m excited about.
“I hope it will take place. This year has been very frustrating. I’m looking forward to 2017 and actually being in the ring.
“My motivation is the challenge I’m getting. Now I don’t have the titles my motivation is high as the sky.