Former world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko is stepping away from the ring for good.
After his loss to Anthony Joshua back in April, talk has heated up about a potential rematch between the two fighters but Klitschko instead will opt to retire.
Klitschko walks away after a dominant decade-long run atop the heavyweight division and with a stunning 64-5 record with 53 knockouts.
“I have achieved everything I dreamed of, and now I want to start my second career after sports” Klitschko said, per BBC Sport .
“I would have never imagined that I would have such a long and incredibly successful boxing career.”
Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, commented about the retirement.
“We are obviously disappointed from an event perspective because the rematch was huge, but from a personal perspective I am happy for Wladimir” Hearn said per MailOnline’s Riath Al-Samarrai.
“He has had a tremendous career and leaves with a great legacy, in great health and with everything he needs in life. He could have made millions for this fight, but he already has millions.”