Anthony Joshua’s retirement plan ahead of Oleksandr Usyk world title fight

Joshua is 31-years-old and has already cemented his legacy with historic wins over Wladimir Klitschko, Andy Ruiz and others, but he wants to end his career undisputed

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Anthony Joshua could be done with boxing within the next three years, assuming he has won the undisputed heavyweight title.

Joshua has already secured his place in boxing history with his incredible wins over Wladimir Klitschko, Dillian Whyte, Kubrat Pulev and his series of fights with Andy Ruiz.

But his time in the sport could come to a close by 2024, a mere three years away, particularly if he can win the undisputed heavyweight title within that timeframe.

Joshua views his career in terms of Olympic cycles, meaning that he will next consider his future around the Paris games, which take place deceptively soon.

His father has even told him to pack it in sooner, saying that once he beats the winner of Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder’s trilogy, he should quit the sport on top.

“I spoke to my dad yesterday,” Joshua told DAZN ahead of his fight with Oleksandr Usyk this weekend. “He told me to get the undisputed championship and leave the game.

Anthony Joshua is weighing up retirement


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“I’m more of a time-period man, I look at Olympic cycles, like look at 2008-2012.

“I had my first fight end of November 2008, and within that Olympic cycle I found boxing and I got to become an Olympic champion.

“So, that was my first Olympic cycle, then 2012-2016 I turned professional and won my first world title.”

Joshua has said that he doesn’t want to be fighting into his forties, which continuing past the Los Angeles games would take him to in 2028.

He is currently not looking past the next games, even though he could end up fighting Fury or Wilder next, and winning the undisputed title years out from his goal retirement date.

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“Then 2016-2020, didn’t happen so it was 2021, and now I’m looking at Paris, that’ll take me to 35 or 36,” Joshua continued.

“It’s like I’m thinking to myself ‘am I going to be like Povetkin, Klitschko, Foreman, Hopkins and continue past 36 into my 40s?’

“I’m looking right now at dominating this Olympic cycle, four years of pure domination, it’s like the amateurs I’m going around the world representing Great Britain.

“I’ve got to dominate around the world for the next four years.”

He expanded on that thought in an interview with BBC 5 Live, saying that he sees 36, or five years from now, as a good age to retire.

His concern over fighting past his prime, as evidenced with the recent returns of Evander Holyfield, Mike Tyson and others, is a key factor in his decision making.

“I think 36 is a good age [to retire],” Joshua told the BBC 5 Live Boxing podcast.

“I’ve got to put a bit of a limit [on it]. I was watching the Larry Holmes fight with [Trevor] Berbick. It’s mad in boxing.

“Cleveland Williams, Sonny Liston, Berbick, they’re all just known as the guy who got knocked out by Mike Tyson or the guy who got knocked out by [Muhammad] Ali.

“Berbick was a serious fighter in his day. I was watching the build-up and they said that Larry Holmes was thinking of retiring at 31.

“I was like ‘what?’ I think for me 37, – 36 is going on 37.”

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