Wladimir Klitschko Announces Retirement
August 3, 2017
Anthony Saldana (15 articles)
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Wladimir Klitschko Announces Retirement

By Anthony “Stacks” Saldaña

 

Early Thursday morning the 41 year old former Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko announced his retirement from Boxing.

The Germany-based fighter announced his retirement on a video posted on his website, with so many people trying to access it that the server crashed.

In his video statement, Klitschko said: “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. I deliberately took a few weeks to make my decision, to make sure I had enough distance from the fight at Wembley Stadium. 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. 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.”

After an unbeaten run that lasted 11 years, Klitschko lost his final two fights, conceding his IBF, WBA and WBO titles when he lost a decision to Tyson Fury, and was stopped in an entertaining matchup with the undefeated IBF and WBA Champion Anthony Joshua in his last bout at Wembley Stadium. A rematch between Klitschko and Joshua was set for November 11th in Las Vegas. Now with Klitschko’s retirement announcement, Joshua must now face mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev before December 2nd or risk being stripped of his IBF belt.

 

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