Former heavyweight world champion Wladimir Klitschko has finally thrown in the towel to quit boxing.
This decision by the Ukrainian also brings to an end the possibility of a rematch in Las Vegas earlier scheduled for 11 November with current IBF champion, Anthony Joshua who knocked out the 41 year old in the 11th round at the 90,000 capacity Wembley Stadium in April.
“I have achieved everything I dreamed of, and now I want to start my second career after sports,” said Klitschko.
He adds. “I would have never imagined that I would have such a long and incredibly successful boxing career”.
The two-time former champion, who held the unified title from 2006-2015 before losing to Joshua’s fellow Briton Tyson Fury, ends his career with a record of 64 wins and five defeats.
Joshua must now face a mandatory challenger, Kubrat Pulev before 2 December or risk being stripped of his IBF belt. Bulgarian Pulev, 36, has a record of 25 wins and one defeat, which came to Klitschko in 2014.