Wladimir Klitschko says he was “delighted” that Tyson Fury beat Dillian Whyte at Wembley.
The Gypsy King knocked out Whyte in front of 94,000 people on Saturday to retain his WBC heavyweight title in the process.
Fury became world champion for the first time by defeating Klitschko in 2015 for the IBF, IBO, WBA (Super) and WBO heavyweight titles. Once he defeated Deontay Wilder for his WBC title, the undefeated Briton had the distinction of holding every heavyweight belt.
Klitschko, who is currently in his native Ukraine fighting the Russian invasion with his brother Vitali, suggested he could try getting back in the ring and challenging Fury once the conflict is over.
“I’m thrilled Tyson Fury won,” he said.
“I don’t want to promise anything big, but if the war in Ukraine is coming to an end soon… If I’m in good shape, who knows? Maybe I’ll dream of breaking George Foreman’s record.
The situation in Ukraine is very fluid, but an end to the fighting between the two countries does not seem imminent at the moment.
While both Klistchkos are former world champions, Wladimir is the younger brother and, at 46, he still has a chance to make history, but if he wants to break Foreman’s record, he won’t. won’t be long.
Most Read Football
‘Good riddance,’ says Jordan, slamming ‘greedy’ Chelsea defender Rudiger
Ramsdale ‘loses the plot’ with celebrations and Arteta says ‘hold it back’ on the touchline
Richarlison speaks out and Carragher slammed after calling Everton ace a cheat
Alisson imitates Jordan Pickford as Liverpool get Everton’s last laugh
Neville’s foolish attempt to go undercover to avoid Chelsea fans surprisingly works
Scholes calls Arteta a ‘shame’ for his behavior in Arsenal’s win over Man United
Foreman was 46 years and 169 days old when he defeated Michael Moorer for the WBA and IBF heavyweight titles.
Klitschko turned 46 in March, so he has around 138 days to return to training, get a title shot and win a title from Fury or Oleksandr Usyk, which doesn’t seem likely.
As Klitschko looks to get back in the ring, Fury does the exact opposite. The 33-year-old said ahead of his title defense against Whyte that he would walk away from boxing regardless of the outcome and after his stunning winner, the champion maintained that stance.
“I’ve been in this game for 20 years, amateur and professional,” Fury said. “I will be 34 in a few months. I said Deontay Wilder’s third fight would be my last but I thought I owed one last comeback to the fans.
“Doing it here at Wembley was phenomenal. It’s definitely the end of the Gypsy King and I walked out with a bang.
“The fans are beautiful. I wouldn’t be anywhere with the fans – they are the best in the world.
“It’s the biggest stage in the world. It was amazing. But that’s the end.
Betting offer of the day
Get 6/1 Man City to win or 40/1 Real Madrid (max bet £5)* – CLAIM HERE
Deposit at least £/$/€10 using promo code 888ODDS • Bet up to £/$/€5 on your selection at normal regular market odds • If your selection wins, we’ll pay you the normal price and any additional winnings from the advertised enhanced prize will be paid out to you as free bets • Free bets are awarded within 72 hours and expire after 7 days • Free bet stakes are not included in returns • Deposit balance is available for withdraw anytime • Restrictions apply to withdrawals, payment methods and countries and full terms and conditions apply 18+ begambleaware.org