Well, I can’t say I saw this coming. 

Wladimir Klitschko’s former promoter has said that he would like to see the Ukrainian step into the ring with Deontay Wilder, should he decide to return to the world of heavyweight boxing. 

The 43-year-old last fought in 2017, where he was knocked out at he hands of Anthony Joshua, and later that year announced his retirement.

It is understood that the former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world continues to train, and speculation has been rife in recent months that the Soviet colossus could be on his way back. 

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His promoter Tom Loeffler is keen to light the fire, too. Quoted by Sky Sports, the publicity magnate said: 

Wladimir had such a good championship run that a lot of people want to see him back in the ring,

  It will be his decision. He’s been posting videos and photos showing the bug is still somewhere in the back of his head.

My personal opinion is I’d like to see him and Deontay Wilder. That would be a tremendous fight.

Wilder is currently preparing to fight Dominic Breazeale, in what is presumed as a continuity clash before he sets up for a seismic rematch with Tyson Fury.