Wladimir Klitschko could take on Dereck Chisora in a heavyweight world title fight in London later this year, the Ukrainian has revealed.
Klitschko and his brother Vitali were in London yesterday just over a week after Wladimir took David Haye’s WBA title off him with an easy points victory in Hamburg.
Klitschko all but ruled out a rematch with Haye, insisting that the one-sided nature of his victory in Germany meant he had nothing more to prove against the Londoner, who is reconsidering his plan to retire in October for one last fight.
The 35-year-old Ukrainian is due to come back to London in 11 days’ time after receiving an invitation to watch Chisora fight Tyson Fury at Wembley Arena.
Klitschko, who now holds the WBO, IBF and WBA belts, pulled out of two fights against Chisora due to injury, but yesterday described the Zimbabwe-born fighter as a “logical” challenger for his next fight.
Chisora was confident of defeating Klitschko prior to their two cancelled bouts in December and April despite the obvious gulf in class and experience between the two.
Klitschko will wait to see the outcome of the all-British clash before deciding who he wants to take on next, but he did admit yesterday that a clash in London appeals to him.
“Vitali and I have concentrated mostly on fighting in a couple of countries but it would be challenging to fight maybe in the Ukraine or in London,” said Germany-based Klitschko whose only fight in the UK came 11 years ago against Monte Barrett in Millwall.
“I came to London for a press conference a couple of weeks ago (before the Haye fight) and I received such warmness and awareness from the British fans, there were so many Klitschko fans here,” he said.
“It was amazing to see how much interest and support they gave me.
“It was pretty significant that we have a fan base here in the UK so it makes sense to fight in the UK as well.”
Cristobal Arreola, Alexander Povetkin and Denis Boytsov are also potential opponents, but Klitschko hinted that the winner of Chisora-Fury would be his number one choice, especially after the two cancelled bouts against Chisora earlier this year.
Klitschko said: “I will be fighting again this year.
“We’ll see what happens in the next few weeks, who’s coming up and also the result of the Chisora-Fury fight
“Chisora would be one of the logical opponents for me.”
Klitschko could not resist one last dig at Haye yesterday for his poor performance at the Imtech Arena.
Having been the subject of numerous distasteful insults from the 30-year-old Briton in the run-up to their fight in Germany, Klitschko decided to reply last week by releasing a silent video criticising the Bermondsey fighter.
In the video released on YouTube, Klitschko holds up pictures of Haye wearing his now infamous t-shirt that shows him holding up the severed heads of both Klitschkos.
He then turns to pictures of his victorious fight, the most embarrassing of which for Haye is an image of him slipping and falling into the champion’s crotch.
“The video explained the whole story – how it was and how it turned out,” Klitschko explained.
“I was online and I saw a picture of David (with his head) in my pants and I thought it was funny.”