WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko wasn’t giving too much away on a potential date or venue for his clash with Tyson Fury but says negotiations ‘are pretty much done’ for the mandated contest.
Klitschko, 39, is set to put his belt haul on the line against the undefeated Briton in the coming months and is ready for a return to Europe on the back of his recent victory over American Bryant Jennings in New York City.
“As for right now, there is no contract signed or made, so there is still negotiation with the Fury camp,” Klitschko told Ringside.
“I think we are pretty much done with that and I hope so too. You never say until the contracts are signed and I’m really open-minded.
“I haven’t fought in England for a long time. It was a great event and a great audience. British fight fans are really exciting and loud. I really got to hear them also in my fight against David Haye in Hamburg.
“I look forward to fighting back in England or another place. It’s definitely going to be somewhere in Europe. It’s not a fight for the United States,” he added.
Chelsea FC’s Stamford Bridge ground in London has already been put forward as a potential stage for the encounter, although Klitschko’s continued reference to ‘maybe another place’ could be a worrying sign for Fury fans.
‘Dr Steelhammer’ is a firm admirer of fighting in Germany and has a solid base of supporters in the country – which could ultimately sway the former Olympic gold medallist back to the place where he hasn’t tasted defeat for over 12 years.