Jay Deas, trainer and manager of WBC champion Deontay Wilder, has taken his hat off to Wladimir Klitschko following the Ukrainian’s decision to retire from the sport.
Klitschko, 41, had the option of a rematch with Wilder rival Anthony Joshua but chose instead to leave the sport with a standout record of 64 wins and just five losses.
As well as praising Klitschko, Deas has also turned his attention to a possible unification between three-belt title holder Joshua and the undefeated punching machine that is ‘The Bronze Bomber’.
“First of all, hats off to Wlad for a tremendous career. He’s a first ballot hall of famer and a tremendous representative to our sport,” Deas exclusively told World Boxing News on Klitschko.
“We were in camp with him several years ago. He and his team were great to us.
“It’s no wonder he stayed on top as long as he did. Deontay and I wish him all the best in retirement.
“As for Joshua, when he’s looking for the biggest fight of his career he will come to us. We’re ready.
“Let me say that again – when he’s ready for the biggest fight of his career he will come to us. We are ready.
“It’s what the fans want. We are ready and there’s no bigger fight,” he added.
Wilder has a mandatory against ex-opponent Bermane Stiverne to deal with first, whilst Joshua also has an obligation to Kubrat Pulev, which Eddie Hearn is already working on.
There’s no doubting any fight between the two Showtime stars would eclipse anything else but it could prove an impossible task pitting the champions together in 2017.
A huge blockbuster at Wembley Stadium in the spring or summer of 2018 would firmly ease the blow of any imminent delay though, provided Wilder and Joshua come through those stipulated bouts unscathed.
Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay