VITALI KLITSCHKO wants to avenge brother Wladimir’s defeat to Anthony Joshua and make a sensational return to the boxing ring.
Back on April 29 in front of 90,000 people at Wembley Arena, Joshua battered Wladimir into retirement, and now Vitali fancies a crack at getting some family revenge.
He even described Joshua’s win as “lucky”.
Vitali feels guilty as he told his brother to not be so active in round six, as he felt patience would be key expecting Joshua to tire out with his muscular physique.
Wladimir actually dropped Joshua in the sixth round, but many felt he didn’t throw enough to go for the knockout towards the end of that round.
Joshua was able to recover from the knockdown in round six to come back and stop Wladimir in round 11.
Speaking on FightHubTV, Vitali said: “It was great fight of Wladimir and Joshua, great fight.
“I feel a bit guilty, because I told to Wladimir in the corner please don’t be so active in round number six when Wladimir sent Joshua to the floor.
“I expect a big-muscled athlete to not recover, I was surprised, Joshua recovered so fast and stopped Wladimir.
“If I didn’t tell him to stop, then Wladimir might have knocked him out, six or maybe round number seven.”
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Vitali, 46, is the former WBC heavyweight champion. He defended the title ten times before retiring five years ago in 2012 with a record of 45 wins with only two loses.
He spoke of the times he and his brother have defended each other against heavyweight opponents, adding: “I lost the fight against Chris Bird, Wladimir came back and destroyed Chris Bird, he knocked him out.
“Wladimir lost the fight against Corrie Sanders, I knock out Corrie Sanders next fight, because I defend my brother.”
Vitali, now Mayor of Kiev, spoke of his wish to return and defend his brother one last time saying how he wants to bring the belts back to his family.
“A fight against Joshua is my best wish. I have a feeling I can do it better, I have to fight Joshua and bring back the belt to the family.”
Vitali feels he could knock Joshua out – but knows it would be difficult to come back at the moment in time.
He added: “I miss boxing very much. Boxing will always stay in my heart my whole life.
“Boxing give me chances, boxing gave me push in my life.
“Wladimir was for a long time the best heavyweight in the world. Joshua stopped him and this means he is the best one.
“But that was just a lucky fight, a lucky day for Joshua.”
However Vitali accepts that Joshua has a good chance at being the best heavyweight in the division.
He concluded: “He [Joshua] can prove himself in the next couple of fights, if he beat everyone in the next couple of fights Joshua will be the strongest one in present time.
“If not, everyone can say this was a lucky day for Joshua.”
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