Dillian Whyte says former boxing heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko recently lied about his plans not to come back to the sport.
Whyte (25-1,18 KO's) says the former IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO champion Klitschko (64-5, 53 KO's) was offered a comeback fight against him, but the 42-year-old turned down the offer as he wants to have two warm-up fights before he returns to the ring.
Whyte, who has now won 20 of his 21 professional fights, sees it as a major compliment that the Ukrainian wants to have a couple of tune-up fights before he returned to face him, and the 30-year-old says the former champion will definitely be making a resurgence to boxing very soon.
“That’s a lie. Klitschko is definitely coming back,” Whyte said to Behind the Gloves, when asked about Wladimir saying that he’s not coming back.
“We offered him the fight, and he said he needed two tune-up fights first before he fights the likes of me, which is a massive compliment, because he’s a former unified world champion.
"He unified for so many years. It’s a massive compliment to me that he didn’t believe he could come back fight with me. He wants a warm-up fight. So he’s definitely coming back. There’s definitely truth to it. He’s 100 percent coming back."
(Scroll to 1:20 in the below video to see Whyte talk about Klitschko)
Klitschko hasn't fought in close to two years since his defeat to Anthony Joshua in April 2017, and before that, the Ukrainian had been out since November 2015 after his loss to Tyson Fury.
Putting it into perspective, that's two fights in four years, so you can understand why the 42-year-old would want a couple of tune-up fights before making a comeback against one of the big guns.
“Klitschko is a smart fighter. He knows how to play with the media,” Whyte said.
“He’s done this for many years.
"When he fought Joshua, he said there’s no chance he’s coming back. Then all of a sudden, there’s Joshua vs. Klitschko,” Whyte concluded.
You could also ask, why would Klitschko want to fight Dillian Whyte on his comeback, rather than one of the faces of the heavyweight division like Joshua, Fury or Wilder?
They are the big money fights and if he wants to give it another crack, nobody would write him off for an upset.