On Monday, WBC heavyweight champion Vitaly Klitschko shocked fans saying he doesn’t intend the go on fighting. A few hours later ‘Dr. Ironfist’ apologized for what was considered to be an announcement of his retirement.
the elder Klitschko wrote on his Facebook page."I'm sorry if I didn't put enough emphasis on this at the news conference."
Spokeswoman for Vitaly, Oksana Zinovieva, also refuted his words, insisting he had actually said he didn't intend to box until old age. "That's what he always says," she said.
However, with no official WBC title defense scheduled in the foreseeable future it is still unclear whether Klitschko will fight again, or maybe his camp was just saving the retirement announcement for a bigger occasion.
On September 8, Vitaly held his 47th professional fight, when he beat German Manuel Charr by a technical knockout to increase his career record to 45 wins, including 41 by KO, and just two losses.
After that, the 41 year old said he plans to focus on the upcoming parliamentary election in Ukraine.
Vitaly has called time on his boxing career before. He hung up his gloves in 2005 due to a back injury only to successfully return to the ring two years later.