Wladimir Klitschko drops huge comeback hint with new Anthony Joshua opponent set to be named

Wladimir Klitschko has teased a potential rematch against Anthony Joshua (Getty Images)

Wladimir Klitschko has hinted that he could be returning to the ring as Anthony Joshua’s new opponent is expected to be named this week.

The former heavyweight champion announced his retirement in August 2017 after he was knocked out in the 11th round by Joshua at Wembley earlier that year.

Joshua, meanwhile, has been searching for a new opponent ahead of his first fight in the United States after Jarrell Miller was forced to pull out due to three failed drugs tests.

In March, Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn revealed that Klitschko had held ‘exploratory’ talks about a possible comeback.

And in a post to fans on social media on Monday, the 43-year-old suggested his boxing career is not over and that he wants ‘to become a champion again’.

Klitschko posted on Twitter: ‘Although, I didn’t win the titles on April 29th 2017, for me, it was one of my best days in my long boxing career (so far).

‘Thanks @anthonyfjoshua for being the perfect opponent and part of my obsession to become a champion again! #obsessed.’

Klitschko was beaten by Joshua in the 11th round at Wembley (Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Matchroom Sport chairman Barry Hearn has revealed that Joshua’s next opponent is set to be named.

‘I understand there’s every chance he’s going to make an announcement tomorrow, so it’s getting there,’ Barry Hearn told Sky Sports.

‘It’s difficult, it’s very difficult, the political world of boxing and the money they’re talking about, but it’s also difficult when a few people view it as an opportunity to put one over on AJ, or us, or boxing.

‘We have five likely opponents, so it’s not a question we’re going to be blackmailed, we’re never going to be forced into doing anything stupid, because we just don’t work like that. Eddie is just playing the cards dead straight.’


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