Wladimir Klitschko Announces His Retirement From Boxing

Wladimir Klitschko Announces His Retirement From Boxing

Having held the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles, Klitschko ended his 21-year long career with 64 wins in 69 bouts he fought.

After losses to South Africa's Corrie Sanders and American Lamon Brewster in 2003 and 2004, he went on a long unbeaten run to 2015.

"Twenty-seven years ago I started my journey in sport", Klitschko said. "Especially my family, my team and my many fans". With the win, Joshua retained his IBF version of the title and won the vacant WBA belt.

Hearn echoed the sentiments of the boxing world in wishing Klitschko well in his retirement, also noting the freakish nature of Klitschko bowing out on a loss and yet in doing so garnering more credit than he did from countless career victories.

Even in the second of those defeats, the Ukrainian, written off as boring for much of his career, recovered from a fifth-round knockdown to drop Joshua for the first time in the 27-year-old's professional career.

Boxer Wladimir Klitschko has announced his retirement from the sport in a statement provided on his website. During the reign, Klitschko made 18 consecutive title defenses, landing third all time behind Louis' 25 (the all-time record for any weight class) and Larry Holmes' 20. The two had been scheduled to have a rematch throughout 2016, but injuries to both fighters and failed drug tests on the part of Fury canceled the fight.

The resolution read that the victor of Joshua v Klitschko had 120 days from the 29th of April to agree to deal with Luis Ortiz, who had been installed as mandatory for the title.

Chairman of the Lagos Boxing Hall of Fame, Mr. Wale Edun, has said that Russian Wladimir Klitschko did not dodge or turned-down a rematch with British-Nigerian born Anthony Joshua follwing his decision to quit professional boxing at 41. Since then he's won five fights on the spin, including victories against Dereck Chisora, Samuel Peter and most recently Kevin Johnson. "Now it is my turn, I'm honestly doing this with respect for the new challenges and also with tremendous excitement, passion and dedication. Together we're the driving force". You can listen to his podcast, "The Fight Junkies" here.

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