Anthony Joshua will not get the lucrative rematch, as Wladimir Klitschko has announced his retirement from boxing.
November 11 was the planned date for the rematch of the widely successful heavyweight title bout between Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko. Unfortunately, that will not be pushing through as the 41-year-old Ukrainian has instead announced his retirement from boxing.
“As an amateur and a professional boxer, I have achieved everything I dreamed of, and now I want to start my second career after sports,” he said in a statement.
“I would have never imagined that I would have such a long and incredibly successful boxing career. I’m very thankful for this. Thanks to everyone who has always supported me, especially my family, my team and my many fans.”
The long time heavyweight champion also included a video to talk about his decision.
“Twenty-seven years ago I started my journey in sport. It was the best choice of a profession I could have made. Because of this choice I have travelled the world, learned new languages, created business, built intellectual properties, helped people in need.
“At some point in our lives we need to switch our careers and get ourselves ready for the next chapter — obviously I am not an exception to this.
“I am expecting and hoping my next career — which I have already been planning and working on for some years — will be at least as successful as the previous one, if not more successful.”
Klitschko is known as one of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time, and has compiled a 64-5 record on his decorated professional career that started back in 1996. Prior to that, he also took home an Olympic gold medal in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
His last bout was a TKO loss to Joshua in the 11th round, after a close and competitive match up against the 27-year-old. The fight broke attendance records, having 90,000 fans watch their heavyweight clash in London.