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Chisora Believes Wladimir Klitschko Can Still Be a Force

Derek Chisora believes former unified heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, 44-years-old, could still be a force in the weight class.

Klitschko decided to retire in 2017, a few months following his stoppage loss at the hands of Anthony Joshua. Klitschko had initially exercised an immediate rematch clause, but then backed away from that scenario and decided to call it a day.

"Wladimir is a good fighter, the guy's in shape," Chisora told Sky Sports. "The problem is with him, it's straightforward, I don't know why he retired. He could still be causing commotion in the heavyweight game. What reason he retired, I don't understand why. He only lost to Tyson Fury and AJ, but if he wanted to come back, I think he can come back and knock some people out in the game."

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Chisora was scheduled to return this month, against former unified cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk. Their fight was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. A new date and location for their bout is being worked out.

Usyk made his jump to the heavyweight division last October.

As BoxingScene.com previously reported, Klitschko has offered to help Usyk prepare for the bout with Chisora.

Chisora is not worried about the possibility that Klitschko lends his sparring services to Usyk.

"For him helping Usyk, I'm happy with that, I'm cool with that. But he's not going to help him when he's inside the ring is he? With me. He can come help me too, if I ask for it too," Chisora said.

Chisora and Klitschko were scheduled to fight each other in 2010. Their bout was canceled after Klitschko withdrew with an injury. Two years later, Chisora lost a twelve round decision to older brother Vitali.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by TMLT87 on 05-17-2020

It was only 3 years ago when he gave Joshua a life and death fight. If hes stayed in even 75% of the shape he was back then I dont see why he couldnt still pick up some good wins.

Comment by BangEM on 05-17-2020

I'd pick him to knock out Wilder, Ortiz, Miller, Dubois and Hrgovic in less than 7 rds at his current age if he can get in shape.

Comment by Mindgames on 05-17-2020

[QUOTE=SNlPER;20567095]He'd get chinned by Danny Dubois[/QUOTE] Why, because he beat Nathan Gorman? Lol

Comment by SNlPER on 05-17-2020

He'd get chinned by Danny Dubois

Comment by Metacom on 05-17-2020

Vlad showed renewed hunger in the AJ fight, but what he also showed is he lost that killer instinct that is needed. He had AJ near out on his feet and held back. If he can't get that back I…

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