>> Wladimir Klitschko.>> Boxing's former heavy weight world champion, Wladimir Klitschko is hanging up his gloves. The 41 year-old Ukrainian, AKA Dr. Steelhammer, held the sport's highest title multiple times over his 27-year career. And last April, Klitschko came agonizingly close to being only the second man ever to earn the title past the age of 40, next to George Foreman.
Trying to take the belt from Britain's Anthony Joshua, a man 14 years his junior. Gracious in defeat, it was only one of five loses he's ever had. He's won over 60. A legend in his home country, Ukraine's Prime Minister even congratulating his retirement on social media. Klitschko, who spends his time outside the ring as a businessman and philanthropist, announced his departure through his website.
>> Because of this choice, I've traveled the world, learned new languages, created businesses, built intellectual properties, helped people in need. Became scientists, entrepreneur, motivator, hotelier, trainer, investor, and much else.>> In the ring, Klitschko had a reputation as a cautious and mechanical fighter, sometimes to the point of criticism.
His older brother, Vitali, is another former heavyweight champ and the current mayor of Kiev. The brothers always refuse to fight each other.