Wladimir Klitschko says he nearly called out Tyson Fury for a rematch.
Fury outboxed Klitschko over twelve rounds to capture the unified crown in 2015 and after the result, a rematch was set to happen. Yet, Fury walked away from the sport for over two years to focus on his mental health and substance abuse issues. Klitschko, meanwhile, retired in 2017 but after Russia invaded Ukraine he said he thought about calling out Fury for a rematch for both of their final fights.
“I was thinking I should just text Tyson Fury and tweet, ‘Last dance?’ He wants to retire. We were supposed to have this rematch and that’s what I was thinking about it. You know, I didn’t do it because my mind was in a totally different world,” Klitschko said told Piers Morgan Uncensored on TalkTV (via BoxingScene). “I had a dream to become the oldest heavyweight champion of the world … But we were talking about something that was happening before and now there’s a big question mark.”
Wladimir Klitschko last fought back in April 2017 as he beat Anthony Joshua by TKO for his second straight loss after dropping the decision to Fury. Prior to the two straight losses, he was on a 22-fight win streak and had beaten the likes of Alexander Povetkin, David Haye, Kubrat Pulev, and Bryant Jennings among others.
Tyson Fury, meanwhile, scored a KO win over Dillian Whyte in his final fight back in April. After the fight, he confirmed that would be the final fight of his career but still many are uncertain if that is the case. Before the win over Whyte, he had the back-to-back stoppage wins over Deontay Wilder.
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