Anthony Joshua already planning retirement ‘I’ll stand for more than boxing’

Anthony Joshua already planning retirement ‘I’ll stand for more than boxing’

Anthony Joshua has revealed how he intends to transition into retirement from boxing. AJ is a two-time unified heavyweight champion, but at 30 is already looking to the future.

Joshua says he would like to increase his business interests over the years and even take in some philanthropist work.

But in the short term he admits it’s all about a potential blockbuster fight with Tyson Fury.

“I am a normal person that happens to box so what I always said to myself is I’m never gonna make boxing all of who I am,” he told the Sun.

“So even though it’s a very significant part of my life, when boxing departs one day, I’m not going to crumble with it and I’m gonna be relevant. I always have plans to develop myself as a businessman.

“Over the next eight years I’m gonna make a transition, not only as a boxer, but a well respected individual, well respected businessman and also someone who’s like a philanthropist where you’re talking about giving back, about different causes.

“I will have my point where I’ll stand for more than just boxing because at the minute, nobody really cares if I do give back to certain communities.

“All they wanna know is when am I knocking out Tyson Fury, so I understand that.

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“I have to start thinking of making these last years of transition as well as staying on the top of my game.”

AJ beat Andy Ruiz in December to regain his heavyweight titles after the shock defeat last June.

He is now due to face Kubrat Pulev when sport returns from the coronavirus suspension but is set up to take on Tyson Fury, if he can beat Deontay Wilder again in the trilogy fight.

Joshua has warned Fury that he’s on his hit list, but has has stressed he doesn’t intend to take on Mike Tyson should he complete a comeback to the sport.

Tyson is hoping to get back in the ring and has set pulses races regarding some explosive exhibition fights.

But AJ is not one keen on squaring up with the boxing legend.

“With all due respect I wouldn’t,” he told the Sun.

“Even if I fought Iron Mike and beat him, I think I’d be the only one cheering. People would boo. He is a legend. He is the greatest boxer of the modern era.

“There are only two recognised champions the world knows of, Ali and Mike Tyson — the most recognised faces in the world when it comes to boxing.”

Published at Sun, 31 May 2020 10:27:00 +0000