Former unified heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko still thinks about boxing.
That’s what the 46-year-old said in a recent interview. The former long-reigning heavyweight titlist said he hasn’t completely ruled out a return to boxing, so long as he can still get in shape and Russia soon ends its ongoing invasion of his homeland of Ukraine.
“I also learned that despite the war, you shouldn’t forget life,” Klitschko told Bild, a German newspaper.
“Sport is part of my life. I’m delighted that Tyson Fury won.
“Who knows, I don’t want to promise anything big here, but if I’m in good shape and, above all, that the war in Ukraine will soon come to an end, and that our Borders exist without any invasion coming from Russia, then in the end who knows?”
Klitschko, the brother of Ukrainian mayor Vitali, was supposed to have a rematch with Fury, but it never materialized because Fury reported an ankle injury and then claimed being “medically unfit.” Fury defeated Klitschko by unanimous decision for his unified heavyweight belts.
Klitschko then went on to fight Anthony Joshua, who he lost by technical knockout. Later that year, Klitschko would retire.
But the 46-year-old’s exact motivation would be breaking George Foreman’s record for the oldest heavyweight champion.
Foreman knocked out Michael Moorer in 1994 to win the WBA and IBF heavyweight titles at the age of 45. His record has stood for about 28 years.
“If I’m in good shape, who knows? Maybe I’ll have this dream of breaking George Foreman’s record,” Klitschko said.
“That motivates me to get up every day and do sports.”