Vitali Klitschko, 46, would fight Anthony Joshua to avenge brother Wladimir
Former WBC heavyweight ruler Vitali Klitschko has sensationally announced his intention to make a return to the ring five years after his last fight when the Ukrainian defeated Manuel Charr.
Klitschko wants to avenge his brother Wladimir’s loss to current king Anthony Joshua despite a lengthy absence from the sport and is more of a politician than a fighter these days.
The veteran, who would be a massive underdog against Joshua on the boxing betting props should he decide to come back at the age of 46, spoke about his mission earlier this weekend.
“It was a great fight of Wladimir and Joshua, great fight,” Vitali told FightHubTV.
“I feel a bit guilty because I told Wladimir in the corner, please don’t be so active in round number six when Wladimir sent Joshua to the floor.
“I expect a big-muscled athlete not to recover. But I was surprised. Joshua recovered so fast and stopped Wladimir.
“If I didn’t tell him to stop, then Wladimir might have knocked him out, six or maybe round number seven.”
“Wladimir lost the fight against Corrie Sanders. I knocked out Corrie Sanders in the next fight because I defended my brother.”
“A fight against Joshua is my best wish. I have a feeling I can do it better. I have to fight Joshua and bring back the belt to the family.”
Vitali was one of the greats of his era during a ring career spanning 16 years and made a successful comeback once before missing four years between 2004 and 2008.
‘Dr. Ironfist’ is considerably longer in the tooth these days, though. Taking on a young buck in Joshua at his ripe old age would not be greeted well by the masses.
Promoter Eddie Hearn already has a fight plan in action for Joshua. He may not see the benefits of pitting the 2012 Olympic champion against another Klitschko in a break from his unification blueprint.