Joshua Reveals Retirement Time
Anthony Joshua 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 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 month.
“ This isn ’t the start of my career . I’ m coming towards the end of my career ,” Joshua told Newsmen .
“ 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 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 ,” 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 .