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Joshua Plans To Remain at Amateur, at Least Until March

Olympic super-heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua celebrated his elevation to the top of the world rankings by reiterating his immediate commitment to the amateur cause.

Joshua is one of three British boxers afforded the honour in the new AIBA rankings, with fellow gold medallist Luke Campbell also rising to number one at bantamweight, and Welsh flyweight Andrew Selby retaining his place.

Speculation about Joshua's future followed the thrilling countback win over reigning champion Roberto Cammarelle at ExCeL which made him one of the most sought-after signings in the business.

But Joshua has steadfastly refused to commit himself, and now insists he will see out the remainder of his contract with the Great Britain amateur squad - due to run until March 2013 - before considering his options.

Joshua said: "I will still be boxing for Great Britain until my contract comes up for renewal, and I am delighted to do so as the number one in the world because it feels like the pieces of the puzzle are fitting together.

"I'm Olympic champion and world number one and I'm where I feel I ought to be. Being number one gives me a great feeling of fulfilment and proves that I'm no flash in the pan, that I belong there. To be ranked number one in any sport is one of the biggest things out there."

The 22-year-old Joshua has been determined not to let the fame he has experienced since clinching Great Britain's final gold of the Games affect him, insisting the biggest way his life has changed is being recognised at his local launderette.

"People are just happy because I'm a local boy from Finchley and people see me in the launderette or out running in the morning and they have an interest," added Joshua. "It's been easy in a sense. I just have to make sure I don't get lost in the hype.

"My feet are on the ground and I'm in a good position to be a voice for amateur boxing. I'm passionate about it and I can now make my voice heard to more people. But I am under no illusions that I still have work to do."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by joe strong on 09-08-2012

i would turn pro. he has the gold medal now tainted or not & the amateurs is so different. i say just sign with a good promoter & start your career of slowly. spoon feed him bums his first 10…

Comment by andrewanubis on 09-08-2012

[QUOTE=Axl Rose;12488232]Only reason he won that fight was corruption. If you should judged him from his boxing in the olypics, he wouldt even get a bronze. He lost clearly. Hope he gets KTFO![/QUOTE] we know he is talented maybe more…

Comment by Axl Rose on 09-08-2012

Only reason he won that fight was corruption. If you should judged him from his boxing in the olypics, he wouldt even get a bronze. He lost clearly. Hope he gets KTFO!

Comment by P4P_No1 on 09-08-2012

Good decision IMO. No where near ready and I've got to admit I'm not sure what everyone see's in the kid atm. Yes he won Gold and fair play to him but I haven't been that impressed.

Comment by theinfamous on 09-08-2012

Seemed very tentative everytime I saw him out at was flat-out outclassed by Savon. Felt bad for Savon to lose in such an outright robbery. Savon was a talent denied. Sucks because I was looking forward to seeing in more…

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