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Wladimir Klitschko offers Anthony Joshua some advice to stay at the top

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Since their massive fight at Wembley, the road has taken very different turns for Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko. 

While the Brit looks to keep moving up the ladder in the world of boxing, the Ukranian veteran called time on an illustrious career. 

It was initially expected that the pair would be involved in a rematch after the IBF had granted an exemption to the rule. 

Nevertheless, just days later he announced his desire to retire from the sport with posts on social media and his official website. 

Following days of heavy contemplation and sleepless nights, the 41-year-old finally arrived at his decision, stating that he wanted to go out while his credentials were high. 

Having befriended Joshua in 2014, Klitschko is now backing the 28-year-old to go from strength to strength.

"I wish for him to win in any other fight that comes up because the more he wins, the more I shine," Klitschko told IBTimes

"Because if I lose, I am going to lose to the best man, I just want to be proud of that. He is carrying the flag accordingly."

Boxing at Wembley Stadium

Many in the sport believe that the clash at Wembley symbolised the passing of the torch from a legend to an upcoming superstar, an idea that remains sacred in the world of boxing. 

The Ukranian has left the sport in good hands with Joshua and WBC champion Deontay Wilder on a collision course, while WBO champion Joseph Parker is also attracting plenty of attention too. 

Having fought in the top tier of boxing for decades, Klitschko has also passed on a final piece of advice for the last man to beat him in the ring and the message is simple: keep doing what you are doing.

Boxing at Wembley Stadium

He added: "Everybody is barking at you, I have been in that position, there are a lot of challenges. There are a lot of dogs barking, but you just do your thing and keep on going.

"When it comes, you face it and take it. Because with every challenge, you are getting better.

"I think Joshua was born that night. He recouped, he recovered, and he fought back. He was really challenged. That was his birth."

"There is always a circle of life. I have seen family members passing away and family members being born so I understand there is a circle of life. You have to accept it. You have to support it if is right. That's what I am doing."

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Wladamir Klitschko
Anthony Joshua
Heavyweight

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