By Mark Elezaj
The last time we saw former reigning, unified, two-time heavyweight world champion Wladimir “Dr. Steelhammer” Klitschko was in 2017 when he retired from the sport of boxing after back-to-back losses to Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua.
Klitschko finished his professional career with 64 wins in 69 fights, 53 by way of knockout. He also established three major records in the heavyweight era.
1. He had the most wins in heavywight title bouts with 25.
2. He had the most wins in unified championship bouts with 15.
3. He had the most consecutive defenses of the unified title with 14.
Not to mention the fact that Klitschko also competed in 29 world title fights, holding the record for the longest combined world championship reign in heavyweight history at 4,383 days.
So what does he have left to prove?
According to British boxing journalist Steve Bunce, (@bigdaddybunce on Twitter) there’s a possibility of Klitschko stepping back inside the ring. He has stated that he’s heard talk suggesting the 42-year-old former champion will return to the ring in 2019.
“I’m hearing all sorts of stuff about a fight that might be…“ he continued tentatively, before asking: “Can I drop it?”
The journalist also stated:
“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..”
Bunce was later asked on Twitter whether he was referring to heavyweight contender Dillian Whyte, to which Steve Bunce replied “That is one of the crazy fights to launch this glorious year.”
Bunce also made it loud and clear that this is just a rumor at this point, adding:
“It might be bogus news, it might be real.”
“You hear this, you hear that. It’s the whisper business.”
When asked about a possible fight with Klitschko, Whyte responded with:
“I’ll fight Wladimir Klitschko and knock him out if he comes back, I’ll definitely knock him out,”
“I know exactly what to do, I trained alongside him, I sparred him for years and I know what he’s like, I’d knock him out. I just believe I will take it into his kitchen and rip the sink out, he doesn’t like body punches as well, I know that from sparring with him.”
So why would Klitschko return to fight Whyte? Is this a way to set up a possible rematch with Anthony Joshua? There is speculation throughout the boxing world that Joshua will be facing Jarrell Miller in New York on April 13th. Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder are in talks for a rematch to their amazing fight, so who is “The Big British Heavyweight” that Klitschko will be facing? Only time will tell.
(This is all speculation at this point)
~The Fighting Voice~