Wladimir Klitschko is hanging up his gloves.
On Thursday, the former boxing champion announced he has decided to retire from the sport.
The 41-year-old most recently appeared in the ring in April of 2017, suffering an 11th round TKO loss to Anthony Joshua. It was the second straight loss for Klitschko, who finishes his professional career with a record of 64-5.
Klitschko announced his decision on his official website and also issued a statement.
“I deliberately took a few weeks to make my decision, to make sure I had enough distance from the fight at Wembley Stadium. As an amateur and a professional boxer, I have achieved everything I dreamed of, and now I want to start my second career after sports,” Klitschko said in a statement.
“I would have never imagined that I would have such a long and incredibly successful boxing career. I’m very thankful for this. Thanks to everyone who has always supported me. Especially my family, my team and my many fans.”
Klitschko is a former WBA IBF and WBO heavyweight champion.
Best of luck to Klitschko in the next chapter of his life.
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