Wladimir Klitschko announces retirement
Anthony Joshua will not get the lucrative rematch, as Wladimir Klitschko has announced his retirement from boxing.
“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,” he said in a statement.
“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.”
“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.
“At some point in our lives we need to switch our careers and get ourselves ready for the next chapter — obviously I am not an exception to this.
“I am expecting and hoping my next career — which I have already been planning and working on for some years — will be at least as successful as the previous one, if not more successful.”