Anthony Joshua, the current IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO World Champion with a professional record of 24 wins, 22 Kos and 1 loss, has stated he aims to retire in five years’ time.
Joshua is currently 31 years old and in 5 years, it could be argued he would be beyond the prime years as a fighter and sportsman.
Out of the current crop of heavyweight boxers, it would be fair to state that Joshua has the better resume thus far having been in 10 world title fights out of his 24 as a pro, and has also unified the majority of the world titles within the division; IBF, WBA, WBO. Equally he has beaten a number of highly ranked heavyweights; Dillian Whyte, Wladimir Klitschko, Joseph Parker, Alexander Povetkin, Andy Ruiz Jr and Kubrat Pulev.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Joshua spoke his future plans of retirement, ‘This isn’t the start of my career, I’m coming towards the end of my career. 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’