Wladimir Klitschko primed for ring return, according to British boxing pundit

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British boxing pundit Steve Bunce has revealed Wladimir Klitschko 64-5 (53) is readying himself for a return to the ring almost two years after his competitive TKO11 loss to unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua 22-0 (21).

But the 42-year-old Ukrainian who goes by the name ‘Dr Steelhammer’ won’t be challenging for a world title first-up if the rumours are to be believed.

WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder 40-0-1 (39) and Tyson Fury 27-0-1 (19) appear headed for a rematch after their thrilling 12-round split draw in December, while Joshua is currently weighing up his options that could see him abandon his April 13 date at London’s Wembley Stadium in favour of his US debut.

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Undefeated American Jarrell ‘Big Baby’ Miller 23-0-1 (20) appears the contender most likely to oppose Joshua if he pursues the American option.

“I still fancy Joshua fights Miller in America,” Bunce said on his BBC5 ‘Live Boxing Podcast’. “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].”

Bunce was questioned on social media about the claim with many in the Twitterverse contending that the British heavyweight in question must be WBC and WBO number one contender Dillian Whyte 25-1 (18).

“That is one of the crazy fights to launch this glorious year,” replied Bunce, before cautioning that the sport is full of rumours about comebacks and match-ups.

“It might be bogus news, it might be real,” he added. “You hear this, you hear that. It’s the whisper business.”


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