Wladimir Klitschko has officially announced his retirement from boxing. As one of the most successful heavyweight champions of all time, the 41-year old hangs up his gloves with a record of 64 wins (53 of them knockouts) and five losses.
The two-time heavyweight champion held the unified title from 2006 until 2015, and won a gold medal at the 1996 Olympics. The retirement ends previous hopes of a rematch between him and Anthony Joshua, after losing to the British boxer in front of 90,000 people at Wembley Stadium in April.
“I have achieved everything I dreamed of, and now I want to start my second career after sports,” Klitschko says. “I would have never imagined that I would have such a long and incredibly successful boxing career.”