Who would boxing fans like Wladimir Klitschko to fight in a 2019 comeback?

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It’s been over 18 months since Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko produced one of the greatest fights of all time at Wembley Stadium.

Following that famous fight, Klitschko announced it would be his final one, putting an end to his illustrious in-ring career.

Klitschko, now aged 42, had the nickname Dr. Steelhammer due to his incredibly strong punching and knockout power.

The former heavyweight retired with a record of 64 wins (53 by KO) and just five losses - a superb record which began in 1996 and ended over 20 years later.

However, if Klitschko decided to make a return to the ring, would boxing fans like to see him face off with Joshua, Tyson Fury in a rematch, or a new foe in either Dillian Whyte or Deontay Wilder?

Well, according to those on Twitter, they’d most like to see him fight Whyte, if he was to make a surprise comeback in 2019.

Although it would seem to some as a potential opportunity for the Ukrainian to get some revenge for his defeats against Joshua and Fury, many believe he would be more suited to fighting Whyte due to him being a better match for the former heavyweight champion.

The poll on Twitter gave users the option to choose from Fury, Joshua, Wilder and Whyte, and the latter had the highest amount of votes with 38%.

Both Wilder and Fury came in tied for second with 24%, while Joshua had a surprisingly low 14%, suggesting fight fans thought their first fight was so convincing there is no need for a rematch.

However, many people who replied to the tweet made it resoundingly clear they feel he should enjoy retirement and forget about a comeback.

For example, one user said: “Option 5, no one,” while another said: “None. Stay retired”. 

And Whyte has had his say on the matter, suggesting he is more than willing to take on the heavyweight veteran.

“I’ll fight Klitschko and knock him out if he comes back. He’s a great fighter, but I believe it’s my time now,” he said on talkSPORT.

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"I know how I need to fight him. I just believe I will take it into his kitchen and rip the sink out.”

There would certainly be some demand to see a fight between Klitschko and Whyte, but it does seem somewhat unlikely that the Ukrainian would ever return to the ring.

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