Wladimir Klitschko Steps Down From Boxing and Declines Joshua Rematch

The 41-year old will retire with an impressive record of 64-5 (53 KO).

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Wladimir Klitschko has officially announced his retirement from boxing. The 41-year old will go down as one of the most successful (and underappreciated) heavyweight champions of all time, having amassed a 64-5 record. He held the belt from 2006, when he beat Chris Byrd until 2015 in his loss to Tyson Fury. During this period he had gained a reputation as a strategic, sometimes cagey fighter, but he did also achieve a 78% KO record, which is one of the highest ever in heavyweight boxing. His last fight took place in front of 90,000 fans at Wembley, losing to Anthony Joshua in an exhilarating fight of the year candidate.

In a statement, Klitschko said, “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.”

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