Vitali vs Anthony Joshua on tap?

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Although boxing's relationship with network and cable television has undergone somewhat of a transition this year, 2017 has been relatively good to fight fans across the globe.

Die hard enthusiasts have already been treated to Pence vs. Brook, Lemieux vs. Stevens, DeGale vs. Jack, GGG vs. Canelo, Golovkin vs. Jacobs, Gonzalez vs Sor Rungvisai 1, Santa Cruz vs. Frampton 2, Garcia vs. Broner, Vargas vs Berchelt, Valdez vs Marriaga and most fans' leading FOTY candidate, Joshua vs. Klitschko, which dazzled 90,000 spectators at Wembley Stadium in April.

Although Wladimir ultimately tasted his first knock-out defeat since being stopped by "Relentless" Lamon Brewster in April of 2014, former champion Vitali Klitschko believes his baby bro put forth an inspired effort and should have achieved a career defining KO victory. 

Despite customarily providing invaluable insight between rounds during Wlad K's previous performances, the current Mayor of Kiev, Ukraine feels he ultimately hindered his younger brother's chances for victory midway through the scheduled twelve round affair.

"It was great fight between Wladimir Klitschko and Joshua...great fight," stated the older and seemingly "meaner" Klitschko brother to Fight Hub TV.  "It was a great performance, and he (Wlad K) was ready for knock-out of Joshua, but it was my (fault)...I feel a bit guilty."

"Because I talked to Wladimir in the corner and I told him, 'don't be so active in round number 6'...then Wladimir sent Joshua to the floor.  I expected with such big muscles that athlete never recover...I was surprised that Joshua recovered so fast, and stopped Wladimir."

"If I don't stop my brother, in my opinion, Wladimir knocks him out in six or maybe round number seven."

In the past, Vitali has indeed served as "his brother's keeper" in the squared circle, brutally punishing the first man to knock-out Wladimir, late South African title-holder Corrie Sanders, over seven-plus hard rounds before eventually stopping the gallant gate-keeper in the eighth stanza of their championship meeting in 2004.

To the elder statesman of the Klitschko clan, it's not a choice, but a moral imperative to defend the family's honor in the ring.

"Together we're strong...when I lose my fight to Chris Byrd, Wladimir comes back and destroys Chris Byrd and knocks him out.  Wladimir lose a fight to Corrie Sanders, and I knocked him out in my next fight because I defend my brother."

"Now the fight with Joshua...I have a feeling I can do it better and I have to defend Wladimir and bring back the belts to the family."

Is Vitali implying that he is currently planning his long awaited comeback to boxing to challenge current champion Anthony Joshua in 2018?  Would this be the biggest Heavyweight event since Lewis/Tyson in 2002?

The politician believes anything is possible, but it would take great effort.  

"I feel that if I go back into the ring, I can knock him out," insists Vitali Klitschko.  "But I can't do it right now."  

Although the once dominant Heavyweight champ still continues to train at least three days a week, would he be able to perform at an optimum level while maintaining his duties as the Mayor of his home country's capital city?  At 46 years of age, a comeback would be a daunting task against an athletic specimen like Joshua...especially after a five year hiatus from such a physically demanding sport.

And if Vitali were to defy the odds and make a successful comeback against the current Heavyweight kingpin next year, would it be the greatest feat in the storied history of boxing's glamour division?

Hopefully fight fans get treated to the return of Dr. Iron Fist in 2018, and witness Joshua vs. V. Klitschko.


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