Anthony Joshua Fears He Could End Up in a Wheelchair if He Doesn’t Retire Soon

Anthony Joshua Fears He Could End Up in a Wheelchair if He Doesn’t Retire Soon

Isaac Darko
  • Anthony Joshua has opened up about his fears of ending up in a wheelchair due to boxing
  • Joshua recently admitted he is only fighting to make more money for himself and family
  • AJ is expected to fight American hard-hitter Deontay Wilder in December this year

British heavyweight boxer Anthony Joshua fears he could end up in a wheelchair if he does not retire from heavyweight boxing in the next few years.

The Nigerian-born boxer recently made his return to the ring and defeated Jermaine Franklin on points after losing to Oleksandr Usyk twice in a row.

Anthony Joshua, Deontay Wilder, Wheelchair
Anthony Joshua 'doesn't want to be in a wheelchair' at 50. Credit: @marca
Source: Twitter

AJ's next fight is expected to be a long-awaited bout with Deontay Wilder in December, where he could stand to make over £30million, Daily Star reports.

Since losing the belts to Usyk, Joshua resorted to his Facebook page to admit that money is now the main reason he enters the ring.

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Joshua's fears for his health

Despite having a huge payday waiting for him in Saudi Arabia, the 33-year-old has raised speculation about his impending retirement by declaring that he does not want to continue fighting past his peak.

He told Men's Health: “In boxing, people walk in the gym one way and not many walk out the same way, because of the trauma and the stuff they put their body through.
“I want my legacy to be, I walked out healthy. Imagine me at the age of 50 or 60 in a wheelchair, fragile because of the trauma I put my body through.
"My legacy should be when I'm old, I'm still fresh. I want people to say, ‘Oh wow, he still looks good, he still looks after himself.’ That's a legacy.

Joshua’s showdown with Wilder has not yet been finalised, with the promoters still awaiting the green light from the Public Investment Fund in Saudi.

Joshua drops in heavyweight rankings

Sports Brief earlier reported that the British boxer has fallen down the pecking order since his days as heavyweight champion, dropping to fifth.

Fury may not have got his fight with Oleksandr Usyk, but he has his hands full as he looks to defend his heavyweight title.

Fury is the current WBC Heavyweight champion and last defended his belt against Derek Chisora.