Anthony Joshua, Britain's reigning world champion of boxing, feels that it is time for his rival and friend Wladimir Klitschko to call it a day and let the young guns of world boxing take a shot at the big time.
At a fans' Q&A session, Joshua has been quoted as saying that if he were in Klitschko's shoes he would want a re-match, but if he was offering advice to the Ukrainian, he would suggest calling it a day.
The fight saw both men on the dock at different points, but eventually Joshua prevailed with his strength and speed and saw his opponent off by technical knockout in the 11th round.
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“If I was in his position I would fight again, but I'm not Wladimir and I do not know what he wants to do", Joshua said.
“But, if I was speaking to Wladimir, I would say: 'mate, it was a phenomenal performance, you were very good, but you did not win. Leave on a high and let the other guys do what they’re doing.'”
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Not that Joshua thinks Klitschko and his people will be making such a decision, however, and the Brit firmly expects the veteran to want said rematch.
"The type of fight it was, he probably thinks he can beat me and he has nothing to lose."
While no opponent has been sounded out just yet for the next fight, Joshua is open to any challenge.
Rumours have been circulating this week that he will fight on the undercard of Conor McGregor's prospective fight against Floyd Mayweather, should the fight materialise, with Joshua discussing the mega-fight with Money himself during a recent encounter.
It seems highly unlikely that any re-match between the Briton and Klitschko would happen on such an undercard given the global pull the two boxers accrue in their own right and the subsequent financial potential of another fight, but whether Klitschko, who turns 42 next year, will be looking to have one last shot at Joshua, remains to be seen.
Klitschko did come close to beating the undefeated Joshua, when he had him shaken and wobbled at the end of round five, and had him floored in round six.
However, it just wasn't to be for the Ukrainian inside Wembley Stadium, and Joshua got the job done a few rounds later.
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