Wladimir Klitschko: At the time of the decision, some part of me have already died
Retired heavyweight Wladimir Klitschko (64-5, 53 KOs) told in an interview to Bild that he could earn $20 million in the fight against IBF and WBA champion Anthony Joshua (19-0, 19 KOs). Wladimir also explained the reason for leaving the sport.
"I had a plan, I was obsessed with a victory in the fight with Joshua, I had 1000 reasons to agree to a rematch and the same number to finish my career, but at the time of the decision a part of me was already dead. I noticed that the motivation was not at that level, even the possible 20 million that I could earn for rematch with Joshua could not change my mind. If I continued to fight only because of money, I would be deceiving myself," Klitschko said.