Wladimir Klitschko announces retirement

Wladimir Klitschko looks on during a head-to-head press conference with Tyson Fury at Manchester Arena on April 27, 2016
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Former world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko announces his retirement from boxing.

Former world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko has announced his retirement from boxing.

For a number of weeks, it had been expected that Klitschko would look to continue his career with a rematch against IBF and WBA title holder Anthony Joshua, who stopped the 41-year-old in their epic Wembley Stadium encounter in April.

However, in what is regarded as a surprise move by the Ukrainian, he has decided to hang up his gloves after a stellar career which saw 64 wins recorded from 69 bouts.

After winning a gold medal at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, he made his professional debut later that year and in October 2000, he went on to win the first of his world titles.

The younger of the Klitschko siblings spent the next 17 years at the top of the sport but in his last two outings, he has been defeated by British duo Joshua and Tyson Fury.

A date of November 11 had been set aside for Klitschko to take a rematch with Joshua in Las Vegas, but the decision has been made to end his time in the ring.

Joshua is now expected to make the next defence of his world titles against Kubrat Pulev, who is the IBF's mandatory challenger.

British Tyson Fury celebrates after the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO title bout against Ukrainian world heavyweight boxing champion Wladimir Klitschko in Duesseldorf, western Germany, on November 28, 2015. Fury won the fight after 12 Rounds of Boxing.
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