Anthony Joshua Will Retire Inside Two Years

Anthony Joshua plans on leaving boxing within two years. 

The 35-year-old has amassed a reported net worth of over $150 million. He is a former Unified Heavyweight Champion, a feat he has achieved twice. While most boxers could retire, Joshua has always desired to become undisputed. His best shot for undisputed was in 2018 when he could have faced Deontay Wilder for all the belts. The fight never got made, as Wilder and Joshua lost their belts. Wilder lost to Tyson Fury, while Joshua lost to Andy Ruiz Jr. and Oleksandr Usyk

The Brit has bounced back since working with Ben Davidson. He has two consecutive knockouts under Davidson, beating Otto Wallin and Francis Ngannou. Joshua is reportedly in line to face the winner of Filip Hrgovic vs. Daniel Dubois. That bout will take place for the IBF Interim Heavyweight Belt or the full belt if the winner of Fury-Usyk is stripped. Alternatively, Joshua could face the winner of Fury-Usyk directly. With a maximum of two years left, Joshua is looking beyond boxing.

“I’ve always said 35 – I’m 35 in October. I’m thinking another two years or so if my body holds out,” Joshua stated 

One fight that British boxing fans have been demanding is Joshua vs Fury. Team Fury made two 60-40 offers, which were unsuccessful. Joshua was offered 40 percent before Fury faced Derek Chisora. The unrealistic deadlines meant the fight collapsed. The same offer was made for the summer last year, but Joshua fought Robert Helenius. Fury has always claimed he would beat Joshua, saying he could do it with ‘one hand tied behind his back.’ That criticism motivated Joshua to go ahead with a possible Fury encounter. 

“This is one of my rivals, this is someone I want to compete with one day. So everything he says, I’ve got it all stored in the back of my memory and when the fight happens, I’m going to use it as a lot of fuel. 100 per cent. You take it personally and you meditate on it. You want to punish them for what they said about you,” Joshua said 

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