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Klitschko, Jr: ‘I pass the torch to Joshua’
13:41, 4 August 2017
Klitschko, Jr: ‘I pass the torch to Joshua’

The renowned Ukrainian boxer distinguished his last opponent in the professional ring

13:41, 4 August 2017

RBC-Ukraine

Ukraine’s ex-heavyweight champion of the world Wladimir Klitschko, who just finished his professional career in boxing, honored Anthony Joshua, calling him ‘the next generation’ in this sport.

As is known, Wladimir Klitschko decided to retire from professional boxing, making respective statement on Thursday. In it, he said: ‘Evidently, I am not the exception to the rule and now it is my turn to do this. I do this with some worry. But I am absolutely ready for the new challenges. I expect and hope that my next career that I planned and began a few years ago will be at least as successful as my previous one’.

Wladimir Klitschko competed in professional boxing from 1996 to 2017. He is a two-time world heavyweight champion, having held the WBA, IBF and WBO titles, as well as the title of Ring Magazine, the boxing-oriented sport outlet. Klitschko also triumphed at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, claiming gold for his country in the super-heavyweight division. Wladimir and his elder brother Vitaliy Klitschko are considered to be one of the greatest boxers of all times. 

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