Anthony “AJ” Joshua: I'll Leave Boxing in 5 Years!

Matchroom Promoter Eddie Hearn and Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua

Article by Rick Mohamed

He’ll fight Tyson Fury 2 times, but what’s on his radar after that?

Heavyweight Superstar champion Anthony “AJ” Joshua says he will be retiring within the next 5 years. He knows his body and age (31) are in their prime years now, but after that, everything tends to fade. Joshua says he knows the competition will be steep in the near future. 
All the up and coming young prospects with great talent and young legs will be coming for him. Although his retirement could very well be a reality much sooner than 5 years if he faces the likes of Tyson “The Gypsy King” Fury in 2021. 
If that fight happens, that is. 
If it does, it will be a guaranteed 2 fight deal. Let’s say Joshua loses both. I believe these 2 losses would definitely send AJ into an earlier retirement than he would have liked. 
Here is some food for thought: would Joshua have beaten Ruiz so easily in their rematch had Ruiz trained properly and maintained a decent weight before the fight? Or would AJ have suffered the agony of defeat from the hands, speed, and footwork of Ruiz all over again? 
Luckily for Joshua, Ruiz didn’t take the rematch seriously enough to fulfill his legacy. He allowed Joshua to put on a boxing clinic. AJ dispatched a very over weight and sloppy version of Ruiz, if you will. 
The truth is, boxing fans, the sport of boxing is like most sports. Boxers have a biological clock ticking. Every year they get older, they lose a little something in their skill set, like their legs, their speed, the placement of their punches, etc. 
Remember: the rule of thumb is it’s always the punch you don’t see coming that hurts you. That’s a sign for most fighters to know that the time has come to hang up their gloves. 
If Joshua does fight Fury not once but twice, does that solidify retirement for him, or does he have a third fight Vs Ruiz? Or will Wilder be back in the race for a shot at him? 
What I’m getting at is: would he lose twice to the likes of Fury, then to lose for a third time in a row with whoever that next person is? Would he or should he decide to fight one more fight?. 
The heavyweight division is on fire right now. There are many more young talented prospects on the way up. Young hungry wolves, such as Oleksandr Usyk, Joe Joyce and Dillian Whyte are just a few of the guys who can beat you on any given night. 
We shall see what the new year 2021 holds for AJ in the heavyweight division. What exciting fights will they plan to schedule for us? Who are the top picks to be scheduled? Time will tell, Brawlers fans That’s all I have for now boxing fans, until next time. LETSGOCHAMPS!! 

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Brawlers Sports Media is a media company that built their level of reporting boxing news to all the boxing fans out there from ground zero. CEO Rick Mohamed vows to deliver top quality content and one on one interviews as well as articles for the boxing communities’ entertainment.

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