Joshua turns 32 next month, having only lost one fight in his professional career to Andy Ruiz Jr back in June 2019.
He regained his IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles against the American six months later, and retained them in nine rounds against Kubrat Pulev in December 2020.
This Saturday he comes up against a much different opponent in Oleksandr Usyk with the Ukrainian having not lost a fight in his entire career, boasting a record of 18-0.
If he advances past Usyk, talks will ramp up for Joshua to finally fight Fury, who has made no secret of his desire to take AJ into the boxing ring in recent interviews.
And Joshua has set a date to fight Fury by announcing his planned retirement age, giving himself plenty of time to fight Fury in the future.
“You’ve got 36 to 40,” Joshua said.
“36 is kind of like ‘how many years do you go beyond that?’ ‘Do you do the full lot to 40?'”
“That’s where Floyd Mayweather went, Alexander Povetkin, Wladimir Klitschko, guys in my generation.
“Manny Pacquiao went a bit further. 40 seems like the age where they’re like, ‘Okay, you’ve done this for a long time now, champ’.
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“36 to 40 is when I start making decisions in terms of what I do with my career. I turn 32 in October so I’ve still got some good years ahead of me.”
Joshua faces Usyk at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in front of a sold-out crowd in north London.
And Fury will partake in a fight of his own just two weeks later as he takes on Deontay Wilder for a third time.
Wilder has slated Fury in the press, stating that he is one of the biggest cheats in boxing.
“Look at Tyson Fury‘s rap sheet, he’s one of the biggest cheats in boxing, but do you ever hear about it? They don’t care,” he told 78SPORTSTV.
“When it’s all said and done, all over for me, I can look myself in the face, in the mirror and say, ‘I did it the right way.’
“It’s all about money, boxing’s all about money. It seems the people that have power in boxing don’t care either because they’re making excuses for these cowards.”Internet Explorer Channel Network