Boxing - Wladimir Klitschko plans to end US exile in 2014

Multiple heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko has said he would like to fight in the United States for the first time in over six years in 2014.

The German-based Ukrainian has not fought in the States since a unanimous decision victory over Sultan Ibragimov in New York's Madision Square Garden back in February 2008

Since then he has won 11 fights – nine of which were in Germany - with one in Switzerland and the other in Moscow.

Klitschko's next fight will again be in Germany when he takes on Australian Alex Leapai in Oberhausen in April, but he admits he would like to return to America to help restore his 'cold' image in the country.

"I understand the criticism that the fights are lopsided and kind of boring. I'm getting it,'' he told AP.

''I'm missing the fans in the US. The fan base is huge here and I would love to fight back in the States.

"I want to fight here but I need a broadcaster, either Showtime or HBO, and I need an arena.

"Of course I also need an opponent who is interesting to fans. I think the Arreola-Stiverne winner could be a good choice.''

Bermane Stiverne and Cristobal Arreola are expected to fight for a second time in 2014 with the winner picking up the WBC heavyweight title that was vacated by Wladimir's brother Vitali so he could concentrate on his political career.

Wladimir currently holds the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, IBO and The Ring heavyweight titles and would be considered the unanimous champion if he could claim the WBC belt too - a title which is currently vacant following the indefinite hiatus of his elder brother Vitali.