Joshua May Retire in Five Years
Anthony Joshua is still young in the sport of boxing, but he is smart enough to have an exit strategy from the dangerous game he’s in.
Speaking ahead of his IBF title defense against Eric Molina, 27-year-old Joshua says that he could be out of the sport within five years.
"Maybe I’ll be around for another five years," Joshua said, per ESPN. "The legacy I leave will be I’ve come up the hard way and I’ve stayed true to myself. I was a kid from Finchley [in north London] who went to the gym to make something of myself, to get fit. I wasn’t chasing money. I was just on a self-development course.
"I can finish in five years provided everything goes to plan. One hundred per cent I could walk away from boxing now, it’s all about being happy, and I’m happy. As long I’m happy that is all that matters. I don’t do it for the money, I don’t do it for the glory nights."
One of those plans that Joshua has in mind is a showdown with former heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko. After Klitschko’s planned rematch with Tyson Fury, who beat him last year, fell through twice, Fury was stripped of his belts and Klitschko vs. Joshua became the premier fight to make in the heavyweight division.
If Joshua beats Molina on Dec. 10, he will prepare for a fight with Klitschko for the vacant WBA title. April 29 has already been selected as a proposed date for the fight, which will likely take place at Wembley Stadium.
"I’m confident it will happen, and I think he’s serious," Joshua said. "Klitschko was pencilled in, and that was time to announce myself on the big stage. It is big time now, baby. It’s a shame Tyson Fury is not here because that was one that everyone was talking about, but there are other big fights out there."
As for what else Joshua wants to happen before he can feel content with his career? He has a few big names in mind, and wants to hold more than just the IBF title. That goal, he says, is one that will not take five years to reach.
"I can’t predict it, but there is a very possible chance that I could have a few more straps around my waist next year."