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Wladimir Klitschko Set To Make Sensational Return To Boxing On May 25

Wladimir Klitschko Set To Make Sensational Return To Boxing On May 25

Wladimir Klitschko is reportedly set to come out of retirement and fight on May 25 at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine.

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The 43-year-old will end his retirement after striking a lucrative deal with streaming service DAZN.

He's agreed a £92 million, three-fight deal according to Ukrainian outlet Sport Arena.

The former unified heavyweight champion will return on May 25 at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine. His opponent has yet to be named.

It'll be his first fight on home soil since 1998.

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Klitschko's ex-promoter, Tom Loeffler, talked up his return to the sport just last week.

"He had such a good championship run, that a lot of people want to see him back in the ring," he said.

"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 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 (at Wembley Stadium in 2017).

"My personal opinion is I'd like to see him and Deontay Wilder," Loeffler answered when asked who he would like to see him face.

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Wilder, though, isn't too keen on facing Klitschko.

"Na. We'll still have to see what he does, let him get back in and build him up," he said.

"Look, Klitschko, when he fought [Anthony] Joshua, he was out for two years and he came back and lost the stuff so he got to build himself back up. He can only live off his name for so long. You get to the point where [you're no longer] that fighter that you used to be."

Meanwhile, Klitschko hasn't fought since losing a dramatic world title contest to Anthony Joshua at Wembley Stadium in April 2017.

Is a rematch against the current unified king on the cards? Watch this space.

Topics: Boxing, Tyson Fury, Boxing News, Anthony Joshua, Heavyweight, Fight News, Deontay Wilder, Wladimir Klitschko

Nasir Jabbar

Nasir Jabbar is a journalist at SPORTbible. He graduated from Bath Spa University with a BA in Media Communications. He's a combat sport aficionado, and has contributed to MMA websites AddictedMMA and CagePotato. Nasir has covered some of the biggest fights, while interviewing the likes of Conor McGregor, Michael Bisping and Anthony Joshua. He's also an avid Bristol City fan.

 

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