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Looking back on Wladimir Klitschko's 21 years of boxing

Looking back on Wladimir Klitschko's 21 years of boxing”

Joshua, undefeated in 19 bouts, has also been told he must face IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev of Bulgaria before Dec 2 or risk being stripped of that belt.

Nigerian-born Joshua stunned the Ukrainian in an epic world heavyweight title battle in April this year at Wembley, where the 27-year old knocked out the 41-year.

Ortiz who also is yet to taste defeat after 29 fights, has 23 knockouts from 27 wins, while Pulev, 36, has one defeat in his 26 fights, with 13 stoppages.

Klitschko, 41, announced that he retires from boxing on August 3 via a video on his official website.

Klitschko will retire with a 64-5 professional record that saw him reign as the heavyweight champion for numerous years.

After claiming the WBO belt with victory over American Chris Byrd in 2000, Klitschko was upset by South Africa's Corrie Sanders and American Lamon Brewster in 2003 and 2004 respectively.

Klitschko, victor of super heavyweight Olympic gold at Atlanta 1996 and dominant in the heavyweight division until his shock defeat to Tyson Fury in 2015, insisted he retired "with the greatest respect for the new challengers".

In his video statement, Klitschko said: "Twenty-seven years ago I started my journey in sport".

"Because of this choice I've traveled the world, learned new languages, created businesses, built intellectual properties, helped people in need, became a scientist, entrepreneur, motivator, hotelier, trainer, investor and much else". At some point of life, we might want to change our career and prepare for the next chapter.

"Good luck little bro, I'm proud of you!"

Hearn said he was informed of Klitschko's decision by the Ukrainian's manager Bernd Boente on Thursday morning.



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