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Klitschko: I Passed Torch To Joshua, He Can Unify The Division

Former heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko feels confident in Anthony Joshua's ability to unify the entire division.

Joshua (20-0, 20 KOs) fought Klitschko back in April, in one of the most memorable fights of the year. And there was a record crowd of 90,000 to watch the anticipated fight at Wembley in London.

After going down in the fifth round, Klitschko came back to deck Joshua in the sixth and nearly put him away. Joshua survived, and rallied to drop Klitschko two more times in the eleventh for the TKO win. 

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The loss to Joshua was only Klitschko's second defeat in ten years. With the victory, Joshua now holds the IBF, WBA (Super) and IBO titles.

A rematch was being discussed for the fall and was closed to a deal, but those plans were cast aside when Klitschko made a decision to announce his retirement from the sport.

"I have passed the torch to the younger lion. I wish, from the bottom of my heart, he continues to carry this torch for a long time and is very successful just like I was. Joshua is capable of unifying the division, absolutely," Klitschko told The Sun.

And Klitschko is really hoping that Joshua pulls it off  - because it makes his record look better with every victory that Joshua secures.

"I'd say the more Joshua shines, the better I shine. If I lost, I want to make sure I lost to the better man. It was an incredible fight. We both had fun, the fans had fun. It was win-win for all of us. It doesn't feel like a loss. I won a lot of respect that I never had, even when I won my world titles," Klitschko said.

"My ego wanted to win. But to experience what I did, I wouldn't change the end result. It opened doors and made my sporting life more colourful."

Joshua is currently in talks to face WBO champion Joseph Parker (24-0, 18 KOs) in a unification in the first quarter of 2018. The two sides are inching close to a deal. 

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by TinAgeOfBoxing on 12-17-2017

At least Klit admits the fight was rigged for him to be stopped in the 11th. Both are occult establishment puppets Joshua is the younger next generation. Scripted for the consumer peasants.

Comment by jas on 12-15-2017

lol you had already lost to fury this guy is deluded

Comment by Elroy The Great on 12-15-2017

[QUOTE=denium;18336211]It's what happens when two defensive boxers come together. Wladimir has one of the best defences of all time, Fury still did enough to win the fight, it is what it is.[/QUOTE] not saying fury didnt ''win'', just that it…

Comment by Kingry on 12-15-2017

Can’t unify if he keeps ducking the wbc champ

Comment by P4Pdunny on 12-15-2017

Technically it was Fury who couldnt capitalize after this

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