Wladimir Klitschko’s manager Bernd Boente has laughed off any suggestion that the current world champion would be willing to face his brother’s nemesis Lennox Lewis after the Briton made a tongue-in-cheek remark to a British newspaper.
Lewis, 48, suggested he would be willing to fight Wladimir for $100m after witnessing his latest dominant victory over Alexander Povetkin last weekend in Moscow, although Boente stated that the former world title holder was in no shape to make such boasts, joke or not.
“That’s absurd, it’s garbage. We don’t give something like that any thought,” Boente told SID, an AFP subsidiary.
“That isn’t the first time that he has offered to fight for a sum like that. He nearly always says that when he is in Germany as a guest at a Klitschko fight.
“I saw him in the Moscow in the ring, he is not fit anymore and has a belly.”
37 year-old Klitschko made $17million for beatdown of Russian Povetkin in the challenger’s home city on Saturday and Boente was baffled as to how Lewis could even earn $100m after being unranked in retirement for a decade.
“Klitschko would of course have to earn more (than Lewis) and who wants to pay that?” he added.