After nearly three decades of professional boxing, Wladimir Klitschko announced his official retirement this morning. The news was first released by the German newspaper Bild. Then minutes after, promoter Eddie Hearn tweeted and confirmed the Ukrainians decision.

Klitschko himself released a video of his decision but he’s also put out an official written statement according to

“I deliberately took a few weeks to make my decision, to make sure I had enough distance from the fight at Wembley Stadium.  As an amateur and a professional boxer, I have achieved everything I dreamed of, and now I want to start my second career after sports. I would have never imagined that I would have such a long and incredibly successful boxing career. I´m very thankful for this. Thanks to everyone who has always supported me. Especially my family, my team and my many fans.” 

The former WBO, IBF, IBO, WBA, and Ring Magazine champion exits the sport with a respectable record of 64 wins (53 KO’s) and 5 losses.