Anthony Joshua has shocked the boxing world throughout his career, but not many people could have foreseen his latest comments. The reigning heavyweight champion has revealed that he is already planning the end of his career, and stated that he has just five years left inside the ring.
The announcement would surprise fans, as many are already looking forward to the unification fight between Joshua and Fury that will happen later in the year. No official announcement has yet been made, but talks are reportedly ongoing and an agreement could be close.
Boxing News: Joshua’s Career In The Limelight
Joshua has never been far away from the headlines, with millions tuning in from around the world to watch every fight that he is involved in. AJ burst onto the scene during the 2012 Olympic Games, as he won the gold medal in his home city. That was just the beginning for the heavyweight, as experts quickly predicted that he could become the next British heavyweight champion.
The Brit turned professional in 2013, and quickly became a box office hit with his quick punching speed and ability to knock out his opponents. Joshua dismantled all 14 of his first opponents inside the first three rounds, before coming up against his first big challenge in the form of Dillian Whyte. AJ beat Whyte by TKO, which earned him an IBF heavyweight opportunity against Charles Martin, which he won by KO in the second round.
Boxing News: Joshua’s Legacy Continued
That win against Martin put Joshua on the map around the world, and the challenges soon became harder for the Brit. However, it was on the 29th April 2017 when he firmly arrived as the best heavyweight on the planet. He met Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley Stadium, and it made for a thrilling encounter. Joshua started the better, but the Ukrainian soon began landing shots of his own. However, with Joshua’s back against the wall, the Brit came out swinging and delivering a brutal shot in the eleventh to win by TKO and win the IBO and WBA (Super) titles.
The challenges kept coming for Joshua, but questions were raised about his ability after a shock defeat against Andy Ruiz Jr in his American debut. He soon won all four heavyweight titles back, before successfully defending them against his most recent challenger Kubrat Pulev. This year will be the biggest of his career, as he will take on Tyson Fury in the biggest heavyweight fight for generations. His legacy will be on the line, but a win could earn him a place in the discussions for the best of all-time.