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Wladmir Klitschko announces retirement & will not rematch Anthony Joshua

Leigh Copson 3 Aug 2017
Wladimir Klitschko (credit:Credit by bettingpro)

Wladimir Klitschko will not step into the ring with Anthony Joshua this November after announcing his retirement from boxing.

‘Dr Steelhammer’ was knocked out in the 11th round when he face Joshua in an epic fight at Wembley Stadium back in April, and promoter Eddie Hearn recently confirmed a rematch could take place in Las Vegas earlier this year.

However, that fight will not be happening after Klitschko, aged 41, announced he is hanging up his gloves on Thursday.

“I deliberately took a few weeks to make my decision, to make sure I had enough distance from the fight at Wembley Stadium,” Klitschko said in a video posted on his official Youtube channel.

“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.

“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’s announcement means Joshua’s promoter, Hearn, will now have to look for a new opponent for his man to face before the end of the year and recently commented that his fighter wanted to step in the ring with heated rival, Dillian Whyte, once again.

The bookmakers are not offering odds on Joshua-Whyte 2 at this time, but they are offering odds for several other potential fights with William Hill 2/9 about AJ beating another world heavyweight champion, Deontay Wilder, before the end of the year.

He is 1/10 to take out heavyweight contender Kubrat Pulev and 1/12 to beat Luis Ortiz before the end of 2017, while William Hill has also priced up a potential domestic scrap with Tony Bellew, who pulled off a big upset when he beat former world heavyweight champion David Haye earlier this year.

However, if Bellew does step in the ring with Joshua the bookmakers are not expecting another upset, with AJ a clear 1/16 favourite in the Winner betting for that potential fight.


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