WLADIMIR KLITSHCKO ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT
By Tom Watt on Aug 3 2017
Wladimir Klitschko, in a video to his fans, has just announced his retirement from Boxing after 27 years in the sport. The once long-reigning Champion of the Heavyweight division will now go on to his next career which he has "Been planning for a long time".
At age 41, the Ukrainian's retirement could hardly be described as premature, however, with a date and venue seemingly set for the much-anticipated rematch with Britain's Anthony Joshua it will indeed come as a surprise that 'Dr Steelhammer' would choose to leave without one final roll of the dice, especially given the drama and excitement the first fight had provided.
Perhaps it was the pace and brutality of his final clash with 'AJ' that finally allowed father time to catch up with Klitschko and in the early days of camp there are already signs that there may be a few too many miles on clock. Or perhaps, after the best part of three decades in the sport, he finally felt it was time to bow out and pursue other ventures.
Whatever the reason, there can be no denying the legacy he leaves behind, Klitschko was the second-longest reigning heavyweight World Champion of all time, bested only by the great Muhammad Ali. The big question that will now be asked, is that with Klitschko out of the sport, who will face Anthony Joshua next?