Bernd Boente, Wladimir Klitschko’s manager has ruled out any possible rematch with Tyson Fury, should the Ukrainian beat Anthony Joshua.
Klitschko was denied a chance to avenge his defeat to Fury multiple times, and will be facing Anthony Joshua with the IBF and WBA ‘super’ title on the line.
The 41-year-old boxer was kept out of the ring for over a year, as planned fights with Fury were being postponed.
“Nobody of us ever wants to deal with this group of people again, especially including myself,” Boente exclusively told Sky Sports. “It was a lost year and don’t forget Wladimir is not 18 years old and starting as a pro.
“Nobody wants that anymore.”
“Wladimir would have loved – he showed that in different press conferences – to have that rematch because he knows he had a complete off night,” said Boente.
“He literally threw two, three punches per round and had he thrown as many punches as in the last round, he probably would have won the fight. But he didn’t and he definitely wanted to show to the public and especially to himself that he can beat this guy, and be a different Wladimir Klitschko in the rematch.
“That’s why he was totally keen to have that rematch, but the guy wasn’t available and now we have another opponent, a way better opponent, a more interesting fight.
“It’s at Wembley Stadium, it’s a huge audience, this is the fight of the year, it cannot be better.”