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Anthony Joshua: I'd Love To Fight Until I'm 40 Years Old

By George Mills, courtesy of The Daily Star

ANTHONY JOSHUA will step into the ring for just the 20th time as a professional when he defends his heavyweight championship against Kubrat Pulev next month.

But, if the 27-year-old has his way, there will be plenty more historic nights for boxing fans to look forward to.

During an exclusive chat with Daily Star Online, Joshua – who currently holds the WBA, IBF and IBO heavyweight titles – claimed he wanted to emulate the careers of fighters like Floyd Mayweather and Wladimir Klitschko.

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Prior to hanging up the gloves this year, both Klitschko and Mayweather extended glittering boxing careers into their 40s – and AJ clearly fancies the same.

“If I could predict the future and I could plan it, yeah, I’d love to fight until I’m 40,” he told Daily Star Online.

“It’s the natural thing to do. I think nowadays there’s so much going on with health, nutrition, rest and recovery that we can preserve our bodies a lot longer a lot of athletes used to.

“I’d love to use all this equipment and science and technology to fight for a lot longer.”

In the immediate future, however, Joshua will have his hands full when he welcomes 36-year-old Pulev to the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on October 28.

The durable challenger has only ever been stopped once – at the hands of Wladimir Klitschko in 2014 – although many expect Joshua to bulldoze the Bulgarian with ease.

Joshua’s WBA and IBF titles will be on the line but with bookmakers Betfair currently pricing Pulev a rank outsider at 10/1, he is fancied to remain undefeated.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by vitali1999 on 09-12-2017

Well if he squanders his millions like, Jermaine Taylor, Tyson, Holyfield, Roy Jones and counless others, then he may have to fight till he's 40.

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