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Wladimir Klitschko retires rather than accept an Anthony Joshua rematch

Wladimir Klitschko retires rather than accept an Anthony Joshua rematch

Former heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko announced his retirement Thursday, scuttling plans for an intriguing rematch with unbeaten, two-belt champion Anthony Joshua that appeared headed to Las Vegas T-Mobile Arena on Nov. 11.

The 41-year-old Klitschko, closing with a record of 64-5 with 54 knockouts, was a dominant champion during a reign from 2006 to 2015 that was second only to Joe Louis’ in longevity, and Klitschko edged Louis by participating in 29 heavyweight title bouts.

The most recent, before more than 80,000 fans at London’s Wembley Stadium in April, was the best — a compelling battle between Klitschko, the aged former champion, and Joshua, the hometown 2012...

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