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Wladimir Klitschko pours cold water on boxing return speculation

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For boxing fans around the globe hoping that the rumours about Wladimir Klitschko making a comeback were true, there is some bad news from the man himself.

There had been reports that the 42-year-old was looking to return to the sport where he had so much success and a possible rematch against his last conquerer in Anthony Joshua nearly two years ago.

Dillian Whyte had also emerged as another surprising possible opponent to face off against at Wembley.

However, Klitschko has now put the record straight by tweeting from his official account on Tuesday morning.

"Recently many of you contacted me willing to see me making a comeback to the ring this April and I'm thankful to you all for that.

"However, I need to call such speculation an early April fool's day joke."

In a career lasting the best part of two decades, Wladimir along with his brother Vitali were a feared duo in the heavyweight division.

Wladimir had an overall record of 64 wins from 69 bouts, but he knew it was time to pass the torch when he was beaten in consecutive fights by Tyson Fury and Joshua.

Joshua, the current world champion is awaiting his next opponent, but it still looks unlikely to be Dillian Whyte, who was insulted by an offer put to him recently.

"There has been a first offer but it is utterly ridiculous, a lot less than what I made for [Dereck] Chisora, I think they only made the offer to cover themselves, they are not serious about it," Whyte said.

"The offer is silly, I am a pay-per-view fighter now, I have worked my way up with nine wins since I boxed him, all won in spectacular fashion. 

Dillian Whyte v Dereck Chisora 2 - Heavyweight Boxing

"It is a childish offer, they know what I bring to the table, if he doesn't get Deontay Wilder or Tyson Fury then I am the only one who sells Wembley out."

So it seems we are here yet again.

Plenty of talking and speculation, yet no agreement for a proposed blockbuster fight in place as yet.

These are the frustrating moments for the average boxing fan who just want to see their favourite fighters go head to head.

Let's hope wise heads can prevail and everyone gets their wish in the end.

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Heavyweight
Wladimir Klitschko
Dillian Whyte
Anthony Joshua
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