Wladimir Klitschko hints at 2021 ‘comeback’ four years after boxing retirement
Wladimir Klitschko has hinted he could follow in the footsteps of Mike Tyson and make a return to boxing.
Klitschko retired in 2017 with his last fight ending in defeat at the hands of Anthony Joshua at Wembley in April of that year.
The Ukrainian ended his professional career with 64 wins in 69 fights and held the world heavyweight championship twice.
He is considered to be one of the best heavyweight champions of all time and took to social media to hint he could be on the way back.
Klitschko teased: “I’m sending nothing but positivity and prosperity to all of you, especially those tragically impacted, 2020 punched and humbled all of us to the core.
“You know what people love seeing more than anything in the world? A COMEBACK!
“I want to see you all comeback strong in 2021!”
Klitschko has regularly insisted never say never, though will not make a comeback just for money.
He previously said: "I still got it. Can I fight? Yes. Right now I keep my options open.
“There is going to be no comeback to come back and to break a jaw … it's a comeback to break a record.
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"Is it appealing? I would say yeah, it's pretty cool. George Foreman did it. He was 45 I believe when he became champion, and it's a pretty cool statement."
DAZN had offered Klitschko a £60m deal to return, though brother Vitali revealed it would take more than that.
Vitali said: “When the news came that a TV channel had offered 40million dollars to make a comeback, I called him and asked what was going on.
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“He said, ‘This is an offer that does not really interest me.’
“When, a few weeks later, I was talking about an 80million dollar offer, I called again and asked, ‘What is the situation now?’
“He said, ‘This is not an offer that changes my mind, maybe I'll start thinking about it at 100 million dollars’.
“Never say never – and that has not changed in his status as a boxer retiree at the moment.”
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