Wladimir Klitschko calls out Anthony Joshua, Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder

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Retired former heavyweight Wladimir Klitschko has appeared to suggest he could be ready for a return to boxing with a series of tweets to his fans.

The Ukrainian announced his retirement in August 2017 after he lost his last two fights to Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua, ending his career with 64 wins from 69 fights.

He has clearly been keeping a close eye on the events currently going on in boxing, however, and he shocked social media users by appearing to challenge Fury, Joshua and Deontay Wilder to a fight.

He sent three tweets on Saturday afternoon each reading: “Let me entertain you with this and you can like it or not: X vs Klitschko.”

Wladimir Klitschko’s last fight came against Anthony Joshua in 2017

In place of the X he added the name Joshua, Fury and Wilder on each respective tweet.

Currently the tweet addressing Fury is the most popular, with 14.1k ‘likes’ from users, while the one calling out Joshua has 4.2k and the one for Wilder 5.2k.

Fan’ reaction to the news was mixed, with some questioning why the veteran fighter would make a return at the age of 43.

“Stay retired, too old now,” was one comment, with another adding “I would rather see you in AJ’s camp helping his career.”

The oldest world champion in boxing history was Bernard Hopkins, who claimed the IBF light-heavyweight crown at the age of 48 in 2013.

Klitschko lost to Tyson Fury in 2015

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And Klitschko could also have George Foreman’s record in his sights, who at the age of 45 became the oldest heavyweight champion.

Klitschko was due to have a rematch with Fury following his defeat to the Gypsy King in 2015 but it was cancelled due to Fury’s struggle with his mental health and drugs.

Fury is due to fight Wilder on February 22 in a hugely anticipated rematch following their controversial draw last year.



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