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Thursday, August 3, 2017

BREAKING: Wladimir Klitschko retires

Ukraine’ s former heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko announced his retirement from boxing on Thursday.

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 .

The 41 - year- old ’ s last fight was in April when he was stopped by Anthony Joshua in the 11 th round of the WBA title fight at Wembley Stadium in London.

“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 dashes a mooted blockbuster rematch with Joshua possibly in Las Vegas in November.

Klitschko , who won super- heavyweight gold at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, held the unified title from 2006 - 2015 before losing to Tyson Fury in 2015.

He bows out with a record of 64 wins and five defeats.

AFP

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