- Anthony Joshua was set to defend his IBF title against Ukrainian boxer Wladimir Klitschko
- Klitschko has officially retired from boxing ahead of potential rematch with the British-Nigerian boxer
- The Ukrainian lost the IBF and WBA world heavyweight titles to Joshua at Wembley in April 2017
Heavyweight boxing legend Wladimir Klitschko has retired from boxing ahead of potential rematch with champion Anthony Joshua.
NAIJ.com reported that Klitschko was set to battle the British-Nigerian boxer in a much anticipated rematch staged at the T-Mobile Arena in the city of Las Vegas on November 11, 2017.
The Ukrainian lost the IBF and WBA world heavyweight titles to Joshua at Wembley in April, 2017 as the rematch was set for November.
The 41-year-old released a video to confirm his retirement after his blistering 21 years in professional boxing.
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Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn has confirmed that the British-Nigerian will now battle Kubrat Pulev to defend his IBF title.
Hearn said: "I had a call last night saying he was retiring.
"Contractually Klitschko had to take the rematch unless he retired or decided against it. We have been working on it with people in Las Vegas two or three months. We were gearing up for an announcement shortly.
"We’ll focus on our attention on [mandatory IBF challenger] Kubrat Pulev. When we got the agreement with Klitsckho it was under the provision we’d fight Pulev if it didn’t happen."
NAIJ.com recently visited the family house of boxing king Anthony Joshua in Shagamu: