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Legendary heavyweight boxer Wladimir Klitschko calls time on 21-year career

Published 0942 GMT (1742 HKT) August 3, 2017
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Wladimir Klitschko, one of the greatest heavyweight boxing champions of all time, has announced his retirement. Martin Rose/Bongarts/Bongarts/Getty Images
Klitschko fought 69 times professionally in a career spanning over two decades. He lost on just five occasions. AFP/Getty Images
Klitschko rose to prominence at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta defeating Paea Wofgram of Tongo in the super heavyweight gold medal bout. AFP/Getty Images
Klitschko won his first heavyweight title in 2000 -- claiming the WBO belt after defeating America's Chris Byrd. AFP/Getty Images
Klitschko (left) and brother Vitali pose with their championship belts in 2012. AFP/Getty Images
Klitschko spars with his long-term coach Emanuel Steward. The pair worked together from 2004 to Steward's death in 2012. AFP/Getty Images
Klitschko in action against Tyson Fury in November 2015. The Briton defeated the Ukrainian on points in their during their WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO title bout in Duesseldorf, Germany. AFP/Getty Images
The end is nigh: Wladimir Klitschko (left) in action during his defeat to Britain's Anthony Joshua at Wembley Stadium in April 2017. Where does Wladimir Klitschko rank among the boxing greats? Have your say on CNN Sport's Facebook page AFP/Getty Images