Former two-time heavyweight world champion Wladimir Klitschko might return to professional boxing this year as a veteran boxing journalist recently revealed that there are talks about his potential comeback.
Following a pair of losses to Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua respectively, the Ukrainian legend decided to hang up his gloves in 2017, ending his career with 64 victories, laced with 53 knockouts, from 69 fights.
But according to boxing pundit, Steve Bunce, the 42-year old former champion will be coming out of retirement this April to replace Anthony Joshua on his fight at Wembley.
Wladimir Klitschko ended his illustrious boxing career with back-to-back defeats. He suffered a tough unanimous decision loss to Tyson Fury in 2015 for the lineal heavyweight championship before bowing to Anthony Joshua in 2017, with the vacant IBF, vacant WBA (Super) and IBO heavyweight titles on the line.
Despite a painful end to his boxing journey, the Ukrainian legend remains as one of the best heavyweight champions of all time. Known for his excellent footwork and phenomenal knockout power, Klitschko made a name for himself by capturing the lineal and the unified world title in the 200-lb class.
The 42-year old legend holds the distinction as the boxer with the most title bout wins, recording 25 wins in 29 world title fights and the unified champion with the longest reign.
But in the world of sports, legends come and go and “Dr Steelhammer” is not an exception. In August 2017, Klitschko announced that he was retiring from the sport after 21 years of seeing actions.
“I deliberately took a few weeks to make my decision, to make sure I had enough distance from the fight at Wembley Stadium. As an amateur and a professional boxer, I have achieved everything I dreamed of, and now I want to start my second career after sports.”
“I would have never imagined that I would have such a long and incredibly successful boxing career. I’m very thankful for this. Thanks to everyone who has always supported me. Especially my family, my team and my many fans.”
Almost two years after calling it quits, “Dr Steelhammer” is rumoured to return to actions this year as he is being considered to fill the void to be left by Anthony Joshua for his April 13 fight at Wembley Stadium.
With AJ on track to make his US debut against undefeated American Jarrell ‘Big Baby’ Miller, the Wembley fight this April would be left searching for its main event star. According to Steve Bunce, there are talks that Klitschko is being eyed as the possible replacement.
The veteran journalist spilt the beans at the BBC 5 Live Boxing Podcast.
“I still fancy Joshua fights Miller in America. I think either the April date gets pushed back or something else goes on there. I’m hearing all sorts of stuff about a fight that might be… Can I drop it?
“Wladimir Klitschko’s coming back, he’s gonna fight again and I’m hearing him linked with a big British heavyweight. It’s not Fury and it’s not Joshua, and I’m hearing that could be the fight that we see there [Wembley Stadium on April 13].”
“It might be bogus news, it might be real. You hear this, you hear that. It’s the whisper business,” Bunce followed-up on Twitter.
(Featured Image Source: Instagram/Wladimir Klitschko and Anthony Joshua)