Anthony Joshua demonstrates power in training session
Anthony Joshua has revealed he plans to retire from boxing in five years’ time. The Watford fighter turned 31 in October and has today stated he plans to hang up his gloves in five years.
The 2012 Olympic champion currently holds the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO world titles and is planning to fight Tyson Fury in one of the biggest fights in boxing history later this year.
Fury is the WBC champion, meaning a contest between the pair would provide the opportunity to become the first unified heavyweight champion since Lennox Lewis in 2020.
“This isn’t the start of my career. I’m coming towards the end of my career,” Joshua told Sky Sports News.
“I’m not someone who lives in the moment and thinks that everything is just like for now. I’m always planning ahead so I’m coming towards the end of my career.
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“Five years left and that’s basically an Olympic cycle.
“I’ve got an Olympic cycle and a little bit more left, so when you see the next Olympics happen is when I’ll be coming to the end of my career and the next generation will be coming through.”
Joshua turned professional in 2013 and has only tasted one defeat in his 25-fight pro career, when he lost his world titles to Mexican Andy Ruiz Jr in Madison Square Garden in June 2019.
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Fury turned professional five years earlier in 2008 and has yet to be beaten, with a solitary draw coming against Deontay Wilder in 2018, when many believed the Gypsy King had been victorious despite an incredible knockdown in round 12.
Both Joshua and Fury have defeated heavyweight boxing legend Wladimir Klitschko – who retired in 2017 after an incredible 21-year career.
And Fury mentioned Klitschko’s longevity when discussing his own retirement plans in 2020.
“Klitschko did it until he was 40,” Fury told Sky Sports last summer.
“A lot of the great champions are continuing, and continuing. I ain’t boxing for money, I ain’t boxing for fame, I ain’t boxing for a belt. I’m boxing because it keeps me mentally happy and I like to do it.
“Nothing to prove to anybody. Not one thing to prove at all, but I box now, because I love boxing and I’ve been doing it all my life. Why walk away when I’m still only young?
“Hopefully I box until I have a good sit down with all the team and we all decide it’s time to walk away, while I’m on top, and then sail away into the sunset, and then who knows what will happen after that.”
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