Former heavyweight champ Vitali Klitschko is staying put for now
First it was reported that former heavyweight world champion Vitali Klitschko was moving to Hamburg, Germany as the first step toward his ring return.
One German newspaper wrote that â€œthe former two time world heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko is planning to make his comeback in the boxing ring. Vitali Klitschko is planning to begin his training with his old trainer Fritz Sdunek, at the Universum Gym in Hamburg, and has already started searching for an apartment near the gym. As you remember, Vitali retired from boxing due to a right knee injury, as well as earlier problems with his back. To heal the problems with his back and knee completely, Vitali has hired a well-known physiotherapist from Braunschweig. Fritz Sdunek was quoted as saying that Vitali needs only one fight to be ready for a world title challenge.â€?
Also, German TV reported that Wladimir Klitschko had a $12.8 million deal with RTL to televise his next four fights, and that he is totally behind his older brother Vitali's plans for a comeback.
But on the Klitschko brothers' website, Vitali says it's all a lie.
â€œIt was a big surprise for me to find out that I'm coming back and that RTL signed a television deal with meand that I'm looking for an apartment in Hamburg, even though I have lived there for ten years now,â€? said the one-time heavyweight champion. â€œAlso, to find out that I'll be training at the Universum Gym and with Fritz Sdunek is another surprise for me. I think such news caught them by surprise as well. I truly understand all those boxing fans that want to see me back in the boxing ring. But due to all my injuries, my sports career is over. If I can feel the pain from an injury I can't be thinking about a comeback. If I want to comeback I have to be in top form, where I can fight on a level of a true champion versus another champion. I have to perform even better than in my last fight. So these rumors are just that â€“ only rumors.â€?
Many hoped the big man who gave Lennox Lewis such trouble would return to the ring to give other men big trouble as well, but Vitali Klitschko says it's not happening, and we should take him at his word. Read more at the BLOG