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Anthony Joshua: I’m coming towards the end of my career

Joshua says he’s got about an ‘Olympic cycle’ left in the sport.

Anthony Joshua says he’s ready for Oleksandr Usyk’s style on Saturday Photo by Andrew Couldridge - Pool/Getty Images
Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

This probably isn’t what most people would expect Anthony Joshua to be talking about, but the 31-year-old unified heavyweight champion is already thinking about the end of his career.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Joshua says he’s always planned for the future so it’s no wonder he has the foresight to know when things should start coming to a close for him — and Joshua says that’s in just about five years.

“This isn’t the start of my career. I’m coming towards the end of my career,” Joshua told Sky Sports News...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 and the next generation will be coming through.”

Joshua, of course, is most recently coming off a stoppage win over Kubrat Pulev this past December and is hoping to soon stage an undisputed heavyweight title unification with Tyson Fury. To that end Joshua says if Fury is seriously looking to cement his legacy in the sport, he’s ready and willing to make the bout happen.

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