Wladimir Klitschko, Former Heavyweight Champion Of The World, Announced His Retirement Today

If you were waiting for the Klitschko/Joshua “rematch of the century”, don’t hold your breath.

Wladimir Klitschko announced his retirement today at the age of 41 after a twenty one year career, holding a record of 64 wins, 5 losses. He had more professional boxing fights at heavyweight than anyone ever. His most recent was an absolute war against Anthony Joshua, where he was TKO’d and dropped 3 times late in the fight.

I immediately said afterwards on Twitter, while I love a great boxing fight, and I loved this fight, it made me feel uneasy. Seeing Klitschko basically get knocked unconscious and receive AT LEAST 4 concussions…and then still be allowed to fight, all I could think about was the permanent brain damage being done. I know, I know, UFC is my thing, combat sports are my thing, I cheer for people to get brain damage regularly, but when boxing is great at the heavyweight level, there’s almost nothing more dangerous. Wladimir Klitschko was a GREAT boxer at the heavyweight level, and showed today that he understands the risks he took, and is getting out while he can. Gloves off to him!

P.S. Go back and listen to KFC Radio with Brendan Schaub if you’d like to hear more about the short window for success there is in combat sports and how it’s important to get out when you can like the Klit Kommander did. It was a fun time. Click HERE for that.