Anthony Joshua speaks on his Retirement Date
World-famous boxer, Anthony Joshua has revealed he’ll soon bring his boxing career to an end.
The heavyweight champion admits he is “coming towards the end of my career” and has hinted that he will have a maximum of “five years left” in the sport before retiring.
The 31-year-old world heavyweight champion approaches the most memorable period of his career, with ongoing negotiations about two massive unification fights against Tyson Fury in 2021.
Since making his pro debut in 2013, Joshua has become a two-time champion, having regained his WBA, IBF and WBO titles in a 2019 rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr before defending them with a knockout win over Kubrat Pulev last month.
“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.
“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.”
Fury turned professional in 2008, nearly five years before Joshua, who also suggested that his British rival should consider hanging up his gloves.
“Fury has been professional much longer than me. He should be looking to retire soon,” Joshua had told Sky Sports.
“If he wants to cement his legacy, I’m here and ready. I’ve built myself into this position.”
But the 32-year-old Fury told Sky Sports last year that he wanted a lengthy world title reign like Wladimir Klitschko.
“Klitschko did it until he was 40,” said Fury who ended the Ukrainian’s dominance with a points win in 2015.