Wladimir Klitschko has decided to retire from boxing, rendering a potential rematch with Anthony Joshua moot.
was defeated by Joshua in a heavyweight blockbuster back in April and
the Brit was eyeing another colossal bout in Las Vegas on November 11.
But the 41-year-old has decided to call time on his 21-year career, ending any talk of another showdown with AJ.
Joshua must now fight his mandatory IBF challenger Kubrat Pulev in his next fight following the announcement.
heavyweight legend hangs up his gloves with the stellar record of
64-5-0. Klitschko ruled the division throughout the 2000s, holding the
IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO titles.
Klitschko burst onto the scene when he claimed gold in the 1996 Olympic games in the super-heavyweight class.
claimed his first professional belt just two years later, knocking out
Marcus McIntyre, and set about making his mark in the new millennium.