Following his heartbreaking loss to Oleksandr Usyk, Anthony Joshua has announced his retirement plans.
Anthony Joshua announced when he expects to retire before his dramatic loss to Oleksandr Usyk on Saturday, albeit any intentions may be jeopardized by the shock setback.
Prior to his shock loss to new world heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk on Saturday night, Anthony Joshua declared his retirement plans. The Ukrainian defeated Joshua for the WBA, WBA, and IBF world belts.
In front of 65,000 supporters at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Usyk dethroned the British title, easily outclassing the defending champion.
Usyk surprised Joshua on several occasions by being simply too fast – and too good – for the 31-year-old.
The scorecards read 117-112, 116-112, 115-113 in favor of the challenger, and Joshua simply shrugged his shoulders when he learned of his defeat.
Joshua’s future is suddenly extremely uncertain, with the chance of a highly-anticipated all-British fight against Tyson Fury hanging by a thread.
One possibility – and the most likely one – that the Briton may pursue is a rematch with Usyk, as there is a clause in his contract that allows him to fight the Ukrainian a second time in order to reclaim his belts.
And Joshua’s retirement plans may have to be pushed back now, as he stated before the fight that he will be ready to leave the ring when he feels ready.
Joshua told the BBC 5 Live Boxing podcast, “I think 36 is a decent age [to retire].”
“I’m going to have to put a cap on it.” I was watching Larry Holmes and [Trevor] Berbick fight. Boxing is insane.
“Cleveland Williams, Sonny Liston, and Berbick are all basically recognized as the guy who got knocked out by Mike Tyson or [Muhammad] Ali.
“In his day, Berbick was a tough fighter. I was watching the build-up when I heard that Larry Holmes was considering retiring at the age of 31.
“I was like, ‘What?'” says the narrator. For me, 37, – 36, is approaching 37.” Prior to the fight with Usyk, Joshua said he had spoken with his father, who advised him to win the undisputed championship before retiring from the sport.
It appears that doing so now will be particularly difficult, since Joshua will have to defeat Usyk in a rematch, which is a terrifying proposition given how Saturday’s fight went. “Brinkwire News Summary.”