June 8, 2023

The unified heavyweight champion started off in the sport back in 2008.

His four-year amateur career saw him win a 2011 World Championship silver medal and then the crowning glory – 2012 Olympic gold.

AJ turned professional the following year and raced to win the IBF heavyweight world title by 2016.

He added the WBA crown to his collection in 2017 and then picked up the WBO in 2018.

2019 saw his first defeat – to Andy Ruiz Jr – though he avenged this in an immediate rematch and still stands as three-belt champion today.

His plan for 2021 is to finally win that elusive fourth and final major title from WBC champion Tyson Fury.

Regardless of whether he achieves this or not, Joshua knows he can’t fight on forever.

He told Sky: “This isn’t the start of my career. I’m coming towards the end of my career.

“I’m not someone who lives in the moment and thinks that everything is just for now.

“I’m always planning ahead so I’m coming towards the end of my career.

“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.”

AJ previously said of his rival’s career: “Fury has been professional much longer than me. He should be looking to retire soon.

“If he wants to cement his legacy, I’m here and ready.”

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