Written By Damilola Faustino
Since Anthony Joshua knocked out Wladimir Klitschko in the 11th round at Wembley Stadium in April, a rematch between the two boxers has been bandied around.
And of course, boxing fans were looking forward to the rematch. In fact, a tentative date of 11 November had been agreed for the bout.
However, the rematch may no longer be be possible, as former heavyweight world champion Wladimir Klitschko has announced his retirement from boxing.
Klitschko said: “I have achieved everything I dreamed of, and now I want to start my second career after sport. I would have never imagined that I would have such a long and incredibly successful boxing career.”
The two-time former champion, who held the unified title from 2006-2015 before losing to Joshua’s fellow Briton Tyson Fury, ends his career with a record of 64 wins and five defeats.
Joshua must now face mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev before 2 December or risk being stripped of his IBF belt. Bulgarian Pulev, 36, has a record of 25 wins and one defeat, which came to Klitschko in 2014.