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Boxing Legend Klitschko Passes Torch As Joshua Offers Humble Farewell To Retiring Ukrainian

. Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko in warmth handshake

Boxing legend Wladimir Klitschko has sensationally revealed that he is passing the torch to Anthony Joshua after deciding to hang up his gloves.

Many had expected the 41-year-old to rematch Joshua but he chose to step away from the sport, calling time on an illustrious career with a new era beginning. He wrote: “My heart is at peace as I pass the torch on to Anthony Joshua, the next generation. Good luck little bro, I’m proud of you!”

In a quick response, Joshua replied with a tweet of his own, writing: “Respect the champ, we lit up the scene in April. You’re welcome to give me any advice on how to keep the process going for the next ten years.”

And Joshua responded with the classiest of farewells to the man he dethroned in his highest profile bout to date. That night in April will be the final fight of Klitshcko’s 21-year career in boxing and despite his KO defeat in the 11th round, many will regard his legacy intact after holding the IBF belt for nine years.

Having ‘passed on the torch’ to Joshua, the British heavyweight phenomenon will now weigh up his options for a contest later this year.  The WBA have ordered the 27-year-old to take on undefeated Cuban Luis Ortiz.

A statement from the organisation read: ‘According to the resolution sent on January 11th, 2017, to both parties, it was reported that the winner of the Joshua-Klitschko fight, held on April 29th, 2017, had to face Ortiz after 120 days.’

 

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