Boxing News At Five | Jan 22 2020

Boxing News at Five: Wilder was knocked down but not out by Klitschko in sparring, Joshua vs. Pulev could be announced by the end of the month

Wladimir Klitschko dropped Deontay Wilder in sparring, but didn't knock him out, and Kubrat Pulev could be announced as Anthony Joshua's opponent very soon

THE details of a wholly irrelevant sparring session between Wladimir Klitschko and Deontay Wilder are becoming clearer with each passing day.

Initially, according to Dillian Whyte, a sparring session between the pair back when Klitschko was still active and Wilder was greener than he is now ended when Klitschko landed something big and Wilder went to sleep.

“I’ve seen (Wilder) getting knocked out. Wladimir knocked him out,” Whyte told Sky Sports last week. “It wasn’t no knockdown; he was knocked cold. Properly twitching as well. That’s why they probably didn’t want him to fight Wlad, because Wlad was going to fight him as a pro and Wilder never fancied it the whole time.”