BOXING

Boxing great Wladimir Klitschko retires after nine-and-a-half year reign as heavyweight champion

The 41-year-old’s retirement also ended the prospect of his having a rematch with Britain’s Anthony Joshua.

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

Klitscko hangs up his gloves as one of the all-time greats of the ring, in an uninterrupted reign that lasted from 2006 to 2015.

His last fight was in April when he was stopped by Anthony Joshua in the 11th round of the World Boxing Association title fight at Wembley Stadium in London.

“I never thought I’d have such a long and successful sporting career, I thank you all from the bottom of my heart,” he shared through a statement.

“I have achieved everything I dreamed of, and now I want to start my second career after sports,” Klitschko went to add further.

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.

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