Vitali Klitschko: Wladimir Would Box For $100 Million
The hottest free agent in boxing, Wladimir Klitschko has been rumored since the start of 2019 to end his two year exodus from the sport of boxing.
When asked if his brother is interested in fighting for the first time since his April 2017 stoppage loss to Anthony Joshu, Klitschko believes in the idea of “never saying never.”
“You never say never,” the former world heavyweight chamoion told SID. “My status has not changed so far. There are always rumours and I take them as a compliment. It’s nice if the fans really want to see that. I’m pleased the community and the sport miss me.”
Klitschko’s older brother and fellow former world heavyweight champion, Vitali, knows his brother will be interested if the money is right.
“Let me tell you a true story. When the news came that a TV channel had offered him $40 million to make a comeback, I called him and asked what was going on. He said, ‘This is an offer that does not really interest me.’ Then, a few weeks later, they were talking about an $80 million offer, I called again and asked, ‘What is the situation now?’ He said, ‘This is not an offer that changes my mind, maybe I’ll start thinking about it at $100 million,'” the current mayor of Kiev, Ukraine said.
“One thing is certain: no matter what decision he makes, I will support him 100 percent on his path and stand behind him -as we have always done. For me, this is how it is: Yes, money is very important in life. But Wladimir doesn’t need any money, he’s very well off. He has earned a lot as a boxer, the money has been well spent, he has a good career beyond the [boxing] career. The money alone will not motivate him.
“In my eyes, he has nothing to prove as a boxer. He wrote history, he was one of the greatest boxers ever,” Vitali continued. “For me, he can not gain anything in a comeback. But only he himself can make the decision. The most important thing in life is not money but health.
“If he took off his shirt, everyone would see that he looks even better than when he was an active boxer. He trains every day. And look at him: He looks good and relaxed. As if he had slept a hundred years. His head is clear, he has not suffered any damage, he enjoys his present life.”
Initial Report: Boxing Scene