Wladimir Klitschko Retires, No Anthony Joshua Rematch
On Thursday, the former boxing heavyweight champion of the world, Wladimir Klitschko, decided to retire from the sport. As a result, the plans for a rematch against the current unbeaten champion, Anthony Joshua, seems to have gone down the drain. There were talks to have the rematch in Las Vegas in the T-Mobile Arena on November 11th.
Klitschko, now 41-years old, will be finishing his career with a 64-5 record, 54 of those wins coming in the form of a knockout. He was more than dominant during a reign that lasted from 2006 to 2015, a span that rivaled only Joe Louis’ in terms of longevity. His latest defeat came at the hands of Joshua at Wembley Stadium in April.
His career was launched in 1996 after capturing the gold medal at the Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta. He went undefeated in his first 24 bouts, but then lost in 1998 to American, Ross Puritty. He defeated another American, Chris Byrd in 2000, to capture the WBO belt, but fell to both Corrie Sanders from South Africa in 2003 and American Lamon Brewster in 2004. From then on, he went on another tear, going 11 years unbeaten, finally losing the WBA, IBF and WBO belts in a fight to Tyson Fury in November of 2015.