Wladimir Klitschko Boxer turns down fight with Anthony Joshua and announces retirement

Klitschko was supposed to fight Joshua in a rematch in November after losing their heavyweight champions bout in April.

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Wladimir Klitschko has turned down a rematch with Anthony Joshua and announced his retirement from boxing.

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Wladimir Klitschko has turned down a rematch with Anthony Joshua and announced his retirement from boxing.

Wladimir Klitschko play Wladimir Klitschko has announced his retirement from boxing (Bongarts/Getty Images)
 

Klitschko was supposed to fight Joshua in a rematch in November after losing their heavyweight champions bout in April.

The 41-year-old announced his retirement with a video which he started by highlighting what he has achieved with boxing.

Wladimir Klitschko and Anthony Joshua play Wladimir Klitschko was beaten in a Heavyweight championship bout by Anthony Joshua in April (AFP)

 

"I have achieved everything I dreamed of, and now I want to start my second career after sports," Klitschko said.

"I would have never imagined that I would have such a long and incredibly successful boxing career."

Klitschko was the heavyweight champion twice in his career that spanned 21 years, holding the title from 2006-2015 before losing to Tyson Fury.

The Ukrainian ends his career with a record of 64 wins and five defeats.

Wladimir Klitschko play Wladimir Klitschko released a video on his website to announce his retirement (Youtube)

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His journey in professional boxing kicked off when he won Olympic super-heavyweight gold at the 1996 Games in Atlanta.

He was unbeaten in 20 bouts before his first loss of his career to American Ross Puritty in 1998. Klitschko also lost to Corrie Sanders and Lamon Brewster in 2003 and 2004 respectively.

Tyson Fury play Wladimir Klitschko was a two-time Heavyweight champion (Graham Chadwick)

 

He was then unbeaten for 11 years before losing his WBA, IBF and WBO titles to Fury in November 2015.

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