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Report: Wladimir Klitschko To Return 5/25 On DAZN; Foe TBA

SPORTARENA.COM HAS SINCE CONFIRMED THAT KLITSCHKO's RETURN IS AN APRIL FOOL'S JOKE.

By Keith Idec

Wladimir Klitschko couldn’t resist the temptation.

Sportarena.com, a Ukrainian website, reported Monday that the 43-year-old former heavyweight champion has committed to making a comeback next month. The outlet reported that the Ukrainian-born Klitschko has agreed to return to the ring May 25 against an undetermined opponent as part of a three-fight deal with DAZN that’ll guarantee him a total of approximately $120 million.

Klitschko’s return reportedly will take place at Olympic Stadium in Kiev, the Ukrainian capital. His older brother, former WBC heavyweight champ Vitali Klitschko, is mayor of Kiev.

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Sportarena.com’s story also indicated that the DAZN deal eventually could include a fight against a top heavyweight, presumably Anthony Joshua, Deontay Wilder or Tyson Fury. Only Joshua (22-0, 21 KOs), who stopped Klitschko nearly two years ago, has had one of his fights streamed by DAZN.

The well-funded, fledgling streaming service will offer Joshua’s optional title defense against Brooklyn’s Jarrell Miller (23-0-1, 20 KOs) on June 1 from Madison Square Garden in New York.

Two weeks earlier, Showtime will air a bout between Wilder (40-0-1, 39 KOs), the WBC champion, and mandatory challenger Dominic Breazeale (20-1, 18 KOs) from Barclays Center in Brooklyn. On June 15, ESPN+ will stream a 12-round bout between England’s Fury (27-0-1, 19 KOs), who upset Klitschko in November 2015, and Germany’s Tom Schwarz (24-0, 16 KOs).

The 6-feet-6, 245-pound Klitschko (64-5, 53 KOs) hasn’t fought since his unforgettable slugfest with Joshua in April 2017.

Klitschko came back from a fifth-round knockdown to drop England’s Joshua in the sixth round of that epic encounter. Joshua recovered, floored Klitschko twice more and won that bout by 11th-round technical knockout.

Joshua-Klitschko, which drew a capacity crowd of roughly 90,000 to London’s Wembley Stadium, was voted “Fight of the Year” for 2017 by the Boxing Writers Association of America. It also marked the end of Klitschko’s 11-year reign as IBF heavyweight champion, which began when he stopped Chris Byrd in the seventh round of their April 2006 bout in Mannheim, Germany.

Rumors have circulated regarding Klitschko’s return in recent months, but the former IBF, IBO, WBA and WBO champion repeatedly denied that he would return to the ring. Speculation intensified in recent weeks when photos from Klitschko’s training sessions appeared on the Internet.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by robbyheartbaby on 04-09-2019

[QUOTE=Bmore18;19631213]wait for it.... Also I guess its not April 1st in Australia now[/QUOTE] How stupid do I feel ah nuts :(

Comment by DaBeastO on 04-06-2019

[QUOTE=LoadedWraps;19633369]Age isn't what it used to be boyo, especially for an elite athlete and an individual who takes care of their body. You're either behind the times of nutrition and fitness, or really young (you think everyone a little older…

Comment by DaBeastO on 04-06-2019

[QUOTE=EasternEuroFan;19630195]I think he's just a very competitive person, because he certainly doesn't need the money but it's still a lot of money to turn down. That said, i don't think boxing is the right place for man approaching his mid…

Comment by Jkp on 04-06-2019

[QUOTE=Cauliflower ear;19631938]Maybe you should ask Shelley how Wilders sparring went when he stepped in the ring with Wlad...ill save you the effort, he was smashed up pretty bad. Why does Joshua have a suspect chin?, is it because of Wlad?...…

Comment by Jkp on 04-06-2019

If he gets in the ring, he'll only fight "exhibition" style low level guys. Just like AJ / Fury are doing.

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