Anthony Joshua has said he is going towards the end of his career and has hinted that he has a maximum of five (5) years left in the sport before retiring.
Joshua, 31-years-old world heavyweight champion could be approaching the most significant 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 December 2020.
“This isn’t the start of my career. I am coming towards the end of my career. I am not someone who lives in the moment and thinks that everything is just like for now. I am always planning ahead so am coming towards the end of my career.
“Five years left and that’s basically an Olympic cycle. I have got an Olympic cycle and a little bit more left, so when you see the next Olympics happen is when I will be coming to the end of my career and the next generation will be coming through,” Joshua told Sky Sports News.
Fury turned professional in 2008, nearly five years before Joshua, who recently 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 am here and ready. I have built myself into this position,” Joshua also stated.