From Mike Smith: Deontay Wilder shut-down rumors of him facing former heavy weight champion Wladimir Klitschko after this season by saying that he’s maybe not believing about a struggle against the former champ. Wilder believes that Klitschko needs to begin fighting again before he would think about giving him a struggle.
Wilder points out that Klitschko (64-5, 5-3 KOs) have been out of the ring for two years before losing his last struggle to Anthony Joshua by an 11th round event on April 29, 2017.
Klitschko has now been out of the ring for the following two years since losing to Joshua, and now he ’s now retired from boxing. Wladimir will probably soon be turning 42-years-old next week March 25.
There’s been a good deal of speculation which Wladimir is considering returning to the ring so on. Can Wladimir learn enough from those sparring sessions using Wilder to feel sure about beating him? In case Wladimir would return from a 2-year lay off to dethrone Wilder since the WBC heavyweight champion, it would setup a significant money rematch between Wladimir and IBF/WBA/WBO heavy weight champion Anthony Joshua.
He could simply live his name off for such a long time. You reach the point where [you’re maybe not ] that fighter that you was,” Wilder explained.
Wladimir sitting out of the ring for 2 years, and then getting a title shot doesn’t sit right with Wilder. That is what Klitschko did in his struggle with Joshua two years. Wladimir didn’t struggle for 2 years, then returned to the ring against Joshua. Wilder found that Klitschko didn’t even call out him when he came back to the ring a couple of years ago. He only wanted the Joshua struggle.
Wilder refused a $100 million offer to sign with DAZN recently to stay on with show time. Wilder could possibly be signing a big three-fight deal with show time which doesn’t even require that he face Joshua. Although the Joshua unification struggle is forecast to take place, it’s not part of Wilder’s contract by show time. Wilder will soon be defending his WBC title against mandatory challenger Dominic Breazeale (20-1, 18 KOs) on May 18
“After you return back, you gotta build yourself back up,” Wilder said about Wladimir. “Particularly against someone similar to me, because I’m arriving in for the kill. I ain’t even playing with nobody. And that I don’t even think he’ll want that struggle, to be honest I think. Klitschko had lots of times to battle me.
It’s possible that when Wladimir did go back to the ring, then he would do it against British heavy-weights Tyson Fury or Joshua, as he lost for them in his last two fights. It wouldn’t even make sense for Wladimir to return and struggle Wilder rather than facing them to try and avenge the declines.