Ukrainian boxing legend, Wladimir Klitschko, paid tribute to reigning heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua, via a tweet on Friday.
Nigerian-born Joshua stunned the Ukrainian in an epic world heavyweight title battle in April this year at Wembley, where the 27-year old knocked out the 41-year.
Klitschko, who announced his retirement from the sport on Thursday after years as the top heavyweight boxer in the world, went on to declare Joshua the leader of the next generation in an emotional tweet.
“My heart is at peace as I pass the torch to @anthonyfjoshua – the next generation,” Klitschko tweeted on Friday.
“Good luck little bro, I’m proud of you!”
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Meanwhile, Joshua has been ordered by the World Boxing Association (WBA) to defend his title against Cuba’s Luis Ortiz.
The boxing rave of the moment has also been told he must face Kubrat Pulev before 2 December or risk being stripped of his International Boxing Federation (IBF) belt.
Joshua, who retained the title when he stunned Klitschko, was due to face the Ukrainian in a rematch in November, before he suddenly announced his retirement from professional boxing.
The WBA has reportedly given Joshua and Ortiz 30 days from August 3 to agree on the clash, and Ortiz’s manager, Jay Jimenez, has said his fighter could fight Joshua in November.
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