There is breaking news this morning that Wladimir Klitschko has announced his retirement from boxing.
Unfortunately, this all but ends hopes that a rematch between Klitschko and Anthony Joshua would take place after the Englishman beat the 41-year-old in an 11 round epic back in April. That fight reignited the heavyweight division as a spectacle and will go down as one of the greatest heavyweight bouts in recent decades.
Eddie Hearn had pencilled in a rematch for November 11 but that won’t happen now after the Ukranian has called time on his 21-year career. Klitschko leaves the sport with a record of 64-5-0, having held the IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO titles for much of the last decade and will go down as one of the all time heavyweight greats.
Klitschko released this statement on his retirement:
“I have achieved everything I dreamed of, and now I want to start my second career after sports,” said Klitschko.
“I would have never imagined that I would have such a long and incredibly successful boxing career.”
You can watch his full statement below.