Wladimir Klitschko has broken his silence of the prospect of coming out of retirement for an April 13 clash with Dillian Whyte.
As a major headache formed Eddie Hearn over Anthony Joshua potentially shunning a Wembley return, Klitschko v Whyte had brought plenty of speculation as a replacement.
Hearn faces the real possibility of cancelling a show with National Stadium bosses. Something booked in a full six months ago.
Whyte has turned down an initial offer from Joshua, leading to a Madison Square Garden fight with Jarrell Miller at MSG being put forward.
Should Joshua take the Miller clash, a void would leave Hearn with a Pay-Per-View name to find and Klitschko seemed to have been plucked from nowhere.
Happily retired for almost two years and seemingly enjoying a world travel tour, Klitschko has put to bed those initial reports.
“I’m all about challenges in life and I do really feel that I ‘still got it’. Recently many of you contacted me willing to see me making a comeback to the ring this April.
“I’m thankful to y’all for that. However, I need to call such speculation an early April fool’s day joke,” said Klitschko.
Whyte had said he was open to the fight despite a mixed reaction from fans and media alike.
“I’ll fight Wladimir Klitschko and knock him out if he comes back. I’ll definitely knock him out,” Whyte told talkSPORT.
“I know exactly what to do. I’ve trained alongside him and I sparred him for years. I know what he’s like, I’d knock him out.
“He’s a great fighter. He gave Anthony Joshua hell, but I just believe it’s my time now and I know what to do. I know how I need to fight him.
“Of course he can (possibly knock me out) he’s very experienced.
“I just believe I will take it into his kitchen and rip the sink out. He doesn’t like body punches as well, I know that from sparring with him.”
Klitschko dropped his world title to Anthony Joshua during his last ring appearance in April 2017.
A rematch between the pair may well be the only thing to lure the Ukrainian out of retirement.