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Wladimir Klitschko disputes manager's comments over possible return

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A deal of mystery looms over any possible return to the boxing ring by Wladimir Klitschko.

Any hopes of a fairytale comeback for the Ukrainian looked to be downplayed by his manager Bernd Boente earlier this week.

However, in an interesting tweet, Klitschko has distanced himself from those comments taking to Twitter to put the record straight.

The 42-year-old had not fought since his loss to Joshua in April 2017 and officially retired from boxing earlier this year.

His last encounter bout was one of the best bouts of the modern era, with both men going toe-to-toe for eleven captivating rounds before the fight was stopped in the 11th.

After the fight, there was talk of a rematch clause and Joshua himself was more than happy to fight the two-time world, heavyweight champion once again.

Joshua's next fight is scheduled to be at Wembley Stadium on April 13 against an opponent still to be decided, although his promoter Eddie Hearn has stated an exciting 'wildcard' is also a possibility.

That led some to speculate about AJ vs Klitschko II. And after Boente's immediate dismissal of the rumour Klitschko cryptically tweeted.

"Since retiring from the sport, my brother and I are active in different fields of life, but neither of us want, or need a personal 'manager'."

Just a subtle reminder not to speak for the former heavyweight champion of the world there.

Sadly there was no comment from Klitschko regarding a rematch with Joshua, so it's probably safe to assume it is still fairly unlikely.

A number of other names have been mentioned as possible opponents, from Deontay Wilder and Dillian Whyte to Oleksandr Usyk, who recently defeated Tony Bellew to maintain his unbeaten record (16-0).

The sport of boxing has produced many unpredictable moments over the years, and we could be in for another one in just a few months time.

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Heavyweight
Wladimir Klitschko
Anthony Joshua
Boxing

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