Wladimir Klitschko Has Retired After Turning Down Re-Match With Anthony Joshua

He wants to start his "second career after sports"

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If you were already stock-piling the cans in anticipation for another Joshua vs Klitschko show down, here's some disappointing news on that potential re-match.

The former heavyweight world champion Wladimir Klitschko has retired from boxing and ruled out a rematch with Joshua after being beaten by the British boxer in April.

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Fans - and Joshua himself, reportedly - were hoping the Serbian would sign his rematch clause for a fight on 11 November in Las Vegas but he responded today saying:

"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," he added.

Instead Joshua must face challenger Kubrat Puley before 2 December or may be stripped of his IBF belt.

Klitschko announced the retirement with a video posted on his own website in which he read a statement saying, "Twenty-seven years ago I started my journey in sport. It was the best choice of a profession I could have made. Because of this choice I have travelled the world, learned new languages, created business, built intellectual properties, helped people in need."

"At some point in our lives we need to switch our careers and get ourselves ready for the next chapter - obviously I am not an exception to this. I am expecting and hoping my next career, which I have already been planning and working on for some years, will be at least as successful as the previous one, if not more successful."

Best dust off that CV, Wlad.