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Tom Loeffler wants Wladimir Klitschko to face Deontay Wilder in ring return

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Former heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko 64-5 (53) could return to the ring later this year to face WBC champion Deontay Wilder 40-0-1 (39), according to his promoter Tom Loeffler.

The 43-year-old Ukrainian, who dominated the heavyweight landscape for over a decade, retired after his TKO11 loss to unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua in at London’s Wembley Stadium in April 2017.

In an interview with Sirius XM 93 At The Fights with Gerry Cooney and Randy Gordon, the promoter said there was big money on the table for Klitschko to return to the ring.

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“He had such a good championship run, that a lot of people want to see him back in the ring,” said Loeffler. “A company is offering him a lot of money to come back. He’s one of those brands that fans want to see him come back. I’d like to see him come back.

“I don’t know whether he is content with what he’s accomplished in his career already. You know, his brother Vitali was in the Hall of Fame last year and is the mayor of Kiev. And Wladimir has had one of the most storied championship runs.

“It will be his decision. If it makes sense, and he’s been posting videos and photos showing the bug is still somewhere in the back of his head.

“He came so close when he knocked down Anthony Joshua.”

Loeffler said the preferred target would be Wilder, who had sparred many rounds with Klitschko when he was trained by the late Emanuel Steward.

“My personal opinion is I’d like to see him and Deontay Wilder,” Loeffler continued.

“Wladimir had such a great championship run and [coach] Emanuel Steward brought in the best sparring partners. He brought both Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder in as a sparring partners and now they are both champions.

“But I think it would be fireworks as Deontay has big punching power. That would be a tremendous fight.

“But that’s just my personal opinion. I’ll make that clear as I don’t want to get in trouble with him.”

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