Wladimir Klitschko sends text message to Anthony Joshua over world title rematchadministrator
Anthony Joshua wants to fight Deontay Wilder next.
But an old rival could be seeking retribution first as Wladimir Klitschko ‘targets’ a sensational return from retirement.
Joshua revealed this week in New York that he wants to unify the heavyweight division by beating WBC king Wilder at Wembley on April 13.
But the WBA, WBO and IBF champion may be forced to wait until later in the year after a rematch between the American and Tyson Fury was ordered by the WBC board following their recent draw.
It could mean London 2012 Olympics gold medal hero Joshua defends his belts against either the winner of Dillian Whyte and Dereck Chisora, Tony Bellew’s conqueror Oleksandr Usyk or Jarrell ‘Big Baby’ Miller.
However Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn made a stunning claim that legendary former world champion Klitschko – who was spectacularly beaten by Joshua at Wembley in April 2017, could be ready to return to the ring for a rematch with the Brit.
"He [Klitschko] wants to come back," said Matchroom Boxing chief Hearn, speaking to YouTube boxing channel iFL.TV .
"I think he text AJ and said: ‘I wanna come back, I feel like I beat everybody in the division right now’."
Klitschko reigned supreme over the heavyweight division for near-on a decade before Tyson Fury stunned the world with a brilliant points victory over the Ukrainian in Germany three years ago in November 2015.
But after Klitschko failed to recapture the titles vacated by Fury against Joshua, when he was brutally stopped in the 10th round at Wembley, the 42-year-old opted to hang up his gloves.
Klitschko did reveal earlier this year that he still trains every day in order to stay in shape – and a rematch with Joshua would certainly intrigue fans of the hard old game.
But Hearn insists Wilder remains unbeaten Joshua’s No.1 target for his next bout.
"Joshua has always wanted to fight Deontay Wilder and he wants to fight him now," added Hearn.
"He wants to become the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. The only way either fighter can do that is to fight each other.
"Currently it’s Deontay Wilder, that’s what we want. It might be Tyson Fury.
"It might be the winner of Whyte vs Chisora, it might be Oleksandr Usyk, it might be Jarrell Miller. Everything is in play."
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