Ukraine’s former heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko announced his retirement from boxing on Thursday.
The 41-year-old’s last fight was in April when he lost to Anthony Joshua in the the WBA title fight at Wembley Stadium in London.
Klitschko hangs up his gloves as one of the all-time greats of the ring after a nine-and-a-half year reign as heavyweight champion.
“I never thought I’d have such a long and incredibly successful boxing career, I thank you all from the bottom of my heart,” he told his fans in a statement.
“I have achieved everything I dreamed of, and now I want to start my second career after sports,” said Klitschko.
His retirement end a possible rematch with Joshua in Las Vegas in November.
Klitschko won super-heavyweight gold at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games and held the unified title from 2006-2015 before losing to Tyson Fury in 2015 bows out with a record of 64 wins and five defeats.
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