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Wladimir Klitschko reportedly making boxing comeback against former world champion

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Former two time world heavyweight champion boxer and one of the greatest ever in the sport, Wladimir Klitschko is on the talks to make a return to the squared circle, as tippped by a former champion himself.

One of the most formidable pugilists in his prime, Wladimir Klitschko bid adieu to boxing after more than two decades of dominating the heavyweight division, reigning as the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, IBO titleholder for more than six years.

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After back to back losses against Tyson Fury in 2015 and then again at the hands of Anthony Joshua two years later, “Dr Steelhammer” finally decided to hang his gloves up at 41 years of age.

Shannon Briggs claims Klitschko thumbed up to a fight

Meanwhile, former US boxer Shannon Briggs, who held the lineal title from 1997 to 1998, and the WBO heavyweight title from 2006 to 2007, recently took to social media to drop the bombshell that Klitschko was making a comeback to the ring, and furthermore in an interview, claimed that the Ukrainian has accepted a fight against him.

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“You’re the first person to know it, my wife don’t even know this, she’s outside, she don’t even know this,” Briggs said on the Sky Toe2Toe podcast, “you guys are the first people to know this, I swear to God, on my mother’s grave.

Wladimir Klitschko reportedly making boxing comeback against former world champion - THE SPORTS ROOM
Two time world champion Shannon Briggs says Wladimir Klitschko has accepted a fight.

No-one knows this, you’re the first people to know this,” added “The Cannon”, but admitted that he was unaware of the fight was going to be a professional one or an exhibition bout.

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Although there is no response from Klitschko yet, he has shown interest in the same in the past, and not just making a comeback to the sport, but also in becoming a champion once again.

“I train regularly. Almost every day, “ the 1996 Olympics Games gold medalist had revealed to Fox Sports’ Fair Game in an interview three years ago, “I need it like the air to breathe. I enjoy doing sports.” (As of now) I still have it, but I do not know how long I can keep this form. It must be something extraordinary. Incredible.

Klitschko becoming a world title after comeback will break George Foreman’s record

Klitschko is currently 45, while Briggs is 49. A fight between the two veterans will surely be one mouth watering contest for the boxing fans all around the globe, but what’s more remarkable, if Klitschko indeed manages to clinch a world title at this age, he would break George Foreman’s record.

“But if I can become a 45-year-old, a 46-year-old, and if I’ve still got it. If I still have the sparks in my stomach, I would think that I could break the record and become the oldest heavyweight champion at this extraordinary moment,” Klitschko had acknowledged back then, “I mean, obviously, now there is only one guy, George Foreman. But by then, I’ll think about it.”

Foreman had won the IBF and WBA belts at the age of 45 years and 299 days against Michael Moorer in November 1994, making him the oldest world champion boxer ever, a record that still holds today.

To break Foreman’s record, the 2021 boxing Hall of Fame inductee will have to assert peak form with the gloves at this age and will have to go against the top contenders of the heavyweight division at the moment, Fury and Joshua, both of whom are his former adversaries.

Do you think Klitschko will make his return to boxing? What are the chances he wins a world title again? Let us know in the comments below.

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Saikat Banerjee
Saikat Banerjee
A wordsmith who indulges in the world of combat sports, Saikat is an MMA, boxing, and arm wrestling content writer at The MMA India Show and The Sports Room. Apart from combat sports, he also engages in Indian sports content at The Sports India Show. Currently pursuing an MBA from Jadavpur University, Saikat's other interests lie in motorcycling, working out, and travelling.


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