After dominating the heavyweight boxing scene for a decade, former world champion Wladimir Klitchscko announced his retirement from the sport of boxing on Thursday.
Klitschko's last fight was a sensational bout against rising British star Anthony Joshua in which he lost by technical knockout in the 11th roundt. Klitschko was expected the face Joshua in a rematch in November.
Klitschko was 64-5 over the course of his career, which began in 1996 after the Ukrainian won Olympic gold in 1996 in Atlanta.
“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,” read a statement Klitschko's management released on Thursday.
For me, Klitschko goes down as a modern great. At Wembley, he was one punch away from becoming an all time great.— John Evans (@John_Evans79) August 3, 2017
Notable wins in Klitschko's career include victories over Ruslan Chagaev and David Haye. Klitschko and his older brother, Vitali, who was also a boxer, held pretty much ever major heavyweight boxing title until Vitali retired in 2013 and Klitschko lost his heavyweight title to British boxer Tyson Fury in 2015.
The two never squared off in the squared circle, saying that would break a promise to their mother. Klitscho has followed his brother into politics. Vitali Klitschko, since retiring, has become the mayor of the Ukranian capital of Kiev. Klitschko, along with his fiancee, actress Hayden Panettiere, addressed crowd during 2013 anti-gvoernment protests.
Wladimir Klitschko has apparently retired from boxing. An outstanding athlete over the years, made boxing his own and inspired so many.— Len (@LenM4) August 3, 2017
The Associated Press contributed to this report.