Ukrainian heavyweight boxer, Wladimir Klitschko, has announced his retirement from the sport on Thursday. The 41-year-old’s last fight was against British-Nigerian, Anthony Joshua, in April at Wembley Stadium, in which he was beaten in the 11th round.
Klitschko had a nine-and-a-half-year reign as world heavyweight champion making him one of the most successful boxers of all time.
In 2006, Klitschko regained a portion of the world heavyweight championship after stopping Chris Byrd in a rematch to win the IBF and IBO titles. He won the WBO title for a second time by defeating then-unbeaten champion Sultan Ibragimov in 2008. Following his defeat of Ruslan Chagaev in 2009, he was awarded the Ring and lineal titles, and lastly he won the WBA title from David Haye in 2011. Until his defeat by Tyson Fury in 2015, Klitschko was also recognized as champion by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, while the WBA recognized him as one of its “Super champions”, a distinction given to boxers who hold that title in addition to those by other sanctioning bodies in the same division.