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Wladimir Klitschko comeback? Boxing journalist details big claim about showdown with Dillian Whyte – not Anthony Joshua or Tyson Fury

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It’s said ‘Dr Steelhammer’ will return to the ring to face a British heavyweight

Wladimir Klitschko appeared to have walked off into the sunset when he announced his retirement from boxing.

The former long reigning, unified, two-time heavyweight world champion quit the sport in 2017 following back-to-back defeats against Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua.

However, his story might not yet be complete.

Wladimir Klitschko retired after losing his Wembley war with Anthony Joshua

Wladimir Klitschko retired after losing his Wembley war with Anthony Joshua

British boxing journalist Steve Bunce has stated that he’s heard talk suggesting the 42-year-old Ukrainian will return to the ring in 2019.

With Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury currently negotiating a rematch, Anthony Joshua is trying to secure an opponent for his next fight – currently scheduled for April 13 at Wembley Stadium.

It is well known that one option would see AJ instead head to America for a showdown against unbeaten contender Jarrell Miller instead, in which case someone else would take the Wembley date.

Dillian Whyte defeated Lucas Browne, Joseph Parker and Dereck Chisora in 2018 and wants a heavyweight world title shot next

Dillian Whyte defeated Lucas Browne, Joseph Parker and Dereck Chisora in 2018 and wants a heavyweight world title shot next

“I still fancy Joshua fights Miller in America,” Bunce stated on his BBC 5 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…“ he continued tentatively, before asking: “Can I drop it?”

The journalist then declared: “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 [April 13 at Wembley].”

When later asked on Twitter whether he was referring to unbeaten contender Dillian Whyte, Steve Bunce confirmed: “That is one of the crazy fights to launch this glorious year.”

He also reaffirmed that at this point the story was just strong speculation, adding: “It might be bogus news, it might be real.

“You hear this, you hear that. It’s the whisper business.”

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