Anthony Joshua says fans won’t see him after his boxing career is over.
Joshua, the current IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO heavyweight champion, is set to defend his belts against Oleksandr Usyk on Saturday. Should he win, the Englishman will face the winner of Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder. He still has some massive fights ahead of him, but once he decides to hang the gloves up, he plans to be away from the sport for good.
“Once boxing is done everything gets deactivated. No one will ever see me again. Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos — come on, we are going to Mars, baby,” Joshua said to Daily Mail. “When I finish, I am going to go to the Amazon with an uncontacted tribe and just sit back. Frog venom, eating plants, all of it.”
“A lot of us fighters came into the game and had aspirations, maybe to buy their mother a home, fought guys and the next thing they are stuck in this business. It is difficult,” Joshua continued. “I never thought I would kind of grow to be in this position. It comes with pressure because honestly, I never yearned for the fame or attention. I just dedicated myself to the sport.”
Anthony Joshua says if he could only box and didn’t have to worry about anything else, he would be a part of the sport forever. But, all the side stuff like media and fame among other stuff will steer him away from boxing for good once he retires.
“If I could just focus on the sport, I would do it for a long amount of time. But it is everything else that comes with it that tends to steer people away. They say fame and fortune and attention is a gift, but it can also be a curse,” Joshua said. “As I said, if it is just purely boxing, let’s go as long as we can, but everything else that comes with it, that is why some people just want to distance from that world when it is all done, and go back to their original entrance.
“Boxers, we are pure. We just wanted to elevate ourselves and we found ourselves addicted to progress in our sport. And then it became about being a role model, standing up for certain things, and we make mistakes, we get things right,” Joshua concluded. “It is an interesting time to be a sportsman. When I entered the game, it was for the love of it. It was all pure and you always want to chase yourself back to why you started, that pure element of why I wanted to be involved in boxing. I just want to fight.”
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