Former world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko is mulling over an eight-figure offer from DAZN to end his retirement.
Under the terms of the deal, Klitschko would fight three times before taking over a position as DAZN Ambassador.
Klitschko would then join the likes of Jose Mourinho, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar Jr. in affiliating himself long-term with the streaming service.
The Ukrainian could pocket a guaranteed $40m, with a percentage of revenue and a stake in DAZN reported to be in the shake-up.
DAZN are currently throwing big money at fighters. Middleweight star Gennady Golovkin is on the verge of being confirmed as DAZN’s latest recruit.
GGG’s agreement is not to dissimilar to Klitschko’s and also includes equity and extra percentages as add-ons.
Golovkin could be confirmed on Tuesday or Wednesday, WBN understands. Whilst Klitschko will be announced shortly after once the t’s are crossed and I’s are dotted.
A return for Klitschko would be a massive shock. ‘Dr. Steelhammer’ had seemingly resisted all offers to make a comeback from his 2017 loss to Anthony Joshua.
Dropping Joshua despite being labelled ‘past his best’, Klitschko almost halted the current king of the division in the sixth round.
A rematch with Joshua, who also fights on DAZN, will be included in the package.
Firstly, Klitschko would fight in his native Germany, before facing AJ once again. A third clash is dependent on the veteran winning the initial two encounters.
KLITSCHKO v FURY II
That final offering of the deal is being targetted as a second meeting with Tyson Fury, according to Ukrainian media. Another return collision, which this time would be a co-operative match-up alongside ESPN and Top Rank.
For that revenge bout to come to fruition at all, it’s a very, very long shot.
Klitschko is approaching his 43rd birthday this month and is seemingly being enticed purely by cash.
A two-year spell out of the ring is no good at this stage of Klitschko’s life, especially when being pitted against the two men who put him in retirement.
Joshua II is probably being sought after due to Klitschko’s high standing in the USA. A move to fill the gaps in AJ’s career which have cropped up due to the lack of a fight with either Deontay Wilder or indeed, Fury himself.
More will be revealed soon.