WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder reckons Wladimir’s Klitschko time in boxing has come to an end.
With Klitschko’s rematch against Tyson Fury, the man who stripped him of his heavyweight titles, running aground due to Fury’s ongoing troubles, a potentially explosive clash between the former champion and Anthony Joshua is now on the cards.
Klitschko is eager to regain his lost glory, but Wilder, who could be in line to face the winner of the Joshua/Klitschko fight, doesn’t see a way back for him.
“I just believe Klitschko’s time is coming to an end. Father time is coming for him and sometimes when father time hits, it’s time to get out of there,” Wilder told World Boxing News.
“Your mind will be telling you to do one thing but your body is doing the other as there’s a delay. I think Klitschko has that delay from so many years in the sport, along with his trainer Emanuel Steward passing away. He’s not having that teaching anymore, he’s under somebody else and probably just doing what he wants to do instead of listening to the other trainers.
“He’s really running it himself now, plus having a family and getting married. All that stuff is a lot and I think father time is knocking at the door. Sooner or later he’s going to realise that his time has come and now it’s gone.”
He added: “The only mistake he made is that he didn’t retire on top. He should have retired on top, every champion wants to retire on top and now I think he’s searching for something, he wants his titles back. I don’t think he’s got a chance though because he’s not only got to go through Joshua, but he’s got to go through a Deontay Wilder as well too. I’m sure if he could accomplish that though he would then retire, but I know it won’t happen.
“Let’s be honest, Tyson Fury took that away from him and there’s no way he’s going to get that back,” added Wilder.
Meanwhile, some reports suggest Joshua v Klitschko could be a done deal as early as Friday, depending on how Fury’s current situation pans out.