EXCLUSIVE: Wladimir tweet, Vitali comeback addressed by Bernd Boente

Phil Jay 20/11/2018

📸: Michael Sterling Eaton

Bernd Boente worked closely with Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko during their successful careers. He still calls both his friend to this day.

With persistent rumors of comebacks for both men despite retirements, Boente has found himself back in the news recently.

Despite informing WBN earlier this year that he sees the Klitschko Brothers keeping their gloves firmly hung up, reports continue to link the pair of former champions to a sensational return.

At the age of 47, Vitali was rumored to be training again, whilst younger sibling Wladimir would resist any offer of a second fight with Anthony Joshua – according to Boente.

This led to a cryptic tweet put out by Wladimir, which Boente was asked to comment on by WBN.

The tweet read: “Since retiring from the sport, my brother and I are active in different fields of life. But neither of us want or need a personal ‘manager’.

Boente has since ruled out the possibility of Klitschko making reference to him.

“Since 2006 I was the Managing Director of KMG and not Wladimir‘s or Vitali‘s manager,” Boente exclusively told World Boxing News.

“Our common company organized or negotiated all the fights, media rights, endorsement deals…etc. So this quote has nothing to do with me personally,” he added.


Yet again, Boente was asked to give his final thoughts on the constant guessing game of whether either still hold the desire to mix it with the present top contenders.

“No, I don‘t think that they would ever come back. Vitaly is happy as politician and Mayor of Kiev,” pointed out Boente.

“In regards to Wladimir, he had the chance for a very lucrative rematch vs AJ. But he decided to retire and that was the right decision.

“He is healthy, financially settled and has many interesting business projects. He also described the good reasons why he retired.

“If he were ever to make a comeback, it would be totally incredible.”

The heavyweight division has never been hotter in recent memory as two of the best around prepare to trade blows on December 1.

Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury battle for the WBC title in Los Angeles to push Joshua for the top spot at 200 pound plus.

Joshua, on the other hand, is left to await the outcome before deciding on his next opponent for April 13 in London.

Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay