By Nurudeen Obalola:
Former world heavyweight boxing champion Wladimir Klitschko has declared Anthony Joshua, the British boxer with Nigerian blood, as the leader of the new generation of boxers, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
Klitschko, 41, retired during the week after years as the top heavyweight boxer in the world.
Incidentally, the legendary Ukrainian's last fight was against Joshua, an International Boxing Federation, International Boxing Organisation and World Boxing Association title fight which the Briton won with an 11th round knockout at a packed Wembley in April after a brutal fist fight.
World champion Joshua is now one of the biggest draws in boxing, guaranteeing multi-million dollar fights almost anywhere in the world.
Klitschko has now ordained his "little bro" Joshua, 27, as the man to succeed him.
"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!"
Joshua was billed to defend his world heavyweight titles against Klitschko in a rematch, but the Nigerian-Briton is now set to face Bulgaria's Kubrat Pulev in a mandatory IBF defence.