Wladimir Klitschko’s career will be over if he loses to Anthony Joshua, warns big brother Vitali.
Vitali claims Wladimir will have to quit if he is beaten for a second successive time, this time by Joshua.
Wladimir has refused to say if he will retire if he loses, insisting he is not looking any further than Saturday’s showdown with Joshua at Wembley.
Vitali, 45, who retired in 2012, feels it will be impossible for the former world heavyweight king to continue at 41 on the back of two defeats.
“Wladimir right now is focusing on the fight,” the Ukrainian told Sky Sports’ Behind the Ropes. “He knows from this fight a lot depends on his future and his career.
“It’s the time to think about stopping and not fighting anymore, or continuing his career.
“Everything, his future depends on him, and that’s why if Joshua loses the fight, he has a lot of space, because of his age. He has a next time to fight, to try to be the world champion.
“Wladimir doesn’t have a second chance. That’s why we expect full concentration from him and, of course, a good result.”