News has broken this week that a legend of boxing has called it a day. After a thrilling title clash with Anthony Joshua at Wembley, Klitschko’s fate hung in the balance. The decorated heavyweight could either retire, or activate his rematch clause.
It appeared to be the next fight for Joshua, promoter Eddie Hearn even said the rematch was ‘very likely’. The bout was pencilled in and Joshua’s team even applied for a mandatory exemption.
This is due to Kubrat Pulev being the mandatory challenger to Joshua’s IBF belt. Should Klitschko choose to initiate his rematch clause, Joshua would be contractually obliged to face both of them first and would likely be stripped of the belt.
The exemption being granted and venues being discussed makes the retirement a shock to some fans. However, Wladimir has talked about retirement for a while and it seems like the right time.
Klitschko is an absolute legend of the sport who has contributed so much to it. Thanks for the fights champ!