At the age of 42, it appears that Wladimir Klitschko is considering a return to boxing. The longtime heavyweight champion decided to pack it in in mid-2017 after a rematch with Anthony Joshua didn’t come to fruition, but with the landscape of the sport changing to a great degree over the last year, it looks like he’s interested in coming back. And that comeback would see him sign with DAZN for rematches with Joshua and Tyson Fury.
In the accompanying article, some of the possible terms of a DAZN deal are laid out:
“The deal, if completed, would make Klitschko a global ambassador for DAZN (soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo holds that title for the streaming service.)
As part of the package, DAZN would make a significant contribution to UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), a charity both Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko are deeply involved with, per sources.”
It should be noted that the news from Coppinger flies in the face of what Klitschko himself tweeted a few days ago in regards to a possible comeback:
"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 and I’m thankful to y’all for that. However, I need to call such speculation an early April fool’s day joke."
Klitschko (64-5, 53 KO) spent most of the 21st century as some form of heavyweight champion, and won 22 bouts in a row from 2004-2015. He was finally dethroned by Fury in late 2015, and then was defeated by Joshua in a thrilling 2017 bout. Rematches with both men were on the table at some point, but they never came about. Fury failed his drug test for the Klitschko rematch, while Wladimir retired before a planned Joshua rematch in December 2017.