Wladimir Klitschko reflects on boxing career following Anthony Joshua defeat

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The fight between Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko had its fair degree of hype attached in the leadup to the heavyweight contest.

However, both fighters had significant question marks hanging over their heads.

Could Joshua raise his game to a new level against his toughest opponent in his career so far?

Would he also be able to handle the level of expectation bestowed on him by the large contingent  of fight fans on home territory?

Meanwhile, after more than a year out of the fight game and age not on his side, was the great Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko capable of producing at the top level once more?

All questions were answered emphatically in the affirmative with the duo delivering a fight for the ages for the boxing fans across the globe.

While Joshua deserved to take the plaudits for the victory, it was the performance of Klitschko which was just as pleasing to see, and the 41-year-old has already signalled the possibility of a rematch with Joshua.

Sky Sports reported Klitschko as saying: "Of course, we have it in the contract, I'm right now interested.

"Analyse what the heck has happened.

"I did enjoy the night as well as you. I wish I would [have] raised my hand instead of being someone that didn't make it and win the titles back.

"But congratulations to Anthony, he got up, he fought back, and he won the titles."

Tom Loeffler, part of Klitschko's K2 management group, also confirmed that there was an inclusion of a rematch clause in the contract.

For his part, Joshua was also keen on the idea and paid tribute to the legendary Ukrainian heavyweight on his performance.

The mutual respect between the two fighters was another fine aspect to this contest.

"I don't mind fighting him again, if he wants the rematch," said Joshua in the post-fight press conference. "Big respect to Wladimir for challenging the young lions of the division.

"It's up to him, I don't mind. As long as Rob (McCracken, Joshua's trainer) thinks it is good I'm good to go."

In sport, when you are approaching the end, there is always the conundrum of whether to bow near the top of your craft, or be prepared to go again and risk the consequences.

Although he didn't win, on that performance, Klitschko would have defeated the majority of the heavyweight division.

However, there is no guarantees that the next time is going to be as special, because as we grow older, the body can't always produce what the mind wants you to do.

Regardless, the competitive juices of a fine athlete like Klitschko have to be applauded.

Whether we see a sequel or not, one thing is certain, April 29, 2017 will be remembered as one of the greatest occasions in the sport of boxing.

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