Wladimir Klitschko hinting at comeback, again
By Kenneth Friedman: Perhaps motivated by the possibility of getting a huge $100 million+ contract with DAZN, former unified heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko says he has an “obsession” with becoming a world champion again. The 42-year-old Klitschko (64, 53 KOs), who hasn’t fought in two years since his 11th round knockout loss to Anthony Joshua on April 29, 2017, posted on social media on Monday, saying that his fight with Joshua was one of his best in his boxing career “so far.”
Wladimir is 0-2 in his last two fights having been beaten by Joshua and Tyson Fury. Does Wladimir rate a world title shot at this point? He hasn’t won a fight in four years since his win over Bryant Jennings in April 2015.
Here’s what the 6’6″ former IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Klitschko had to say:
Anthony Joshua is in need of an opponent for his June 1st fight at Madison Square Garden in New York. If Wladimir wants to come back, this would be the time, and that would be an excellent location. However, it’s more likely than not that Wladimir would want to fight Joshua in a large football stadium like Wembley or one of the big stadiums in Germany. MSG is too small for a fight of that magnitude. Wladimir would be taking the fight on short notice with less than eight weeks training. That’s not a good idea. Deontay Wilder is the better option for Wladimir for a comeback. Wladimir would have a big weight advantage over the rail thin Wilder, who has been dropping weight with each fight for the last couple of years. Wladimir, who fought in the mid-240s, would have a big advantage in size against a 210 lb Wilder. That’s a winnable fight for Klitschko, even without a tune-up. It would be a crazy idea for wladimir to resist taking warm-up fights before challenging for a word title against Joshua or Wilder.
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