Wladimir Klitschko’s agent has claimed that the former Heavyweight Champion’s injury is not the reason for a potential showdown with Anthony Joshua in December being postponed.
Former lineal Heavyweight Champion Klitschko was set to face IBF Champion Joshua on December 10 in Manchester after Tyson Fury pulled out of a second scheduled rematch with the Ukrainian due to ongoing issues with substance abuse and mental health.
However, it was reported that a minor injury to Klitschko had ruled him out of the potential super-fight with Joshua, with Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn claiming that an agreement had been close before the Ukrainian suffered a calf injury.
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But, Klitschko’s manager Bernd Boente has now said that this is not the case, claiming that it was the failure to finalise the deal that caused the postponement of the fight.
He said: "Wladimir suffered a strained muscle in the calf. It was nothing bad, but he needs to briefly pause [training] for a few days.
"If we had already finished the fight contract, then he could have boxed in December.”
Boente went on to say that they would now primarily focus on Klitschko’s recovery, stating: "It is now better that Wladimir properly recovers…he has already prepared himself twice in vain to fight Tyson Fury."
The fight between the two is now likely to take place in 2017, with promoter Eddie Hearn now desperately looking for a suitable opponent to face Joshua on December 10 in Manchester, stating that an announcement would be coming “very soon.”
Former British Heavyweight Champion David Price has put his name forward as a potential opponent for the IBF Champion.
The two have sparred in the past, and Price claims he knocked AJ out during their days training together.
"I know I can knock out Joshua because I've done it before…I put him down [in sparring] and he had to get helped out of the ring."
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