31-year-old world heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua has announced that his professional boxing career has just a maximum of “five years left” before retiring.
The WBA, WBO and IBF title holder disclosed this during a recent interview with Sky Sports News, where he revaled that he plans to hang up his gloves long before his 40th bithday.
He said; “This isn’t the start of my career. I’m coming towards the end of my career.
“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.”
Joshua, who is focused is on the ongoing negotiations about two massive unification fights against Tyson Fury in 2021, also suggested that his British rival should also be thinking about hanging up his gloves.
“Fury has been professional much longer than me. He should be looking to retire soon. If he wants to cement his legacy, I’m here and ready. I’ve built myself into this position,” Joshua had told Sky Sports.
But 32-year-old Fury, who turned professional in 2008, nearly five years before Joshua, 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.
KanyiDaily had reported how Anthony Joshua gave a powerful speech about his heritage in front of the Royal Family at Westminster Abbey to celebrate Commonwealth Day.