Joshua vs Klitschko: Anthony Joshua wants to extend career for another 10 years, says Eddie Hearn
By Richard Damerell
Last Updated: 22/04/17 7:08am
Anthony Joshua has revealed that he wants to fight for another 10 years as he prepares for a career-defining clash with Wladimir Klitschko.
The unbeaten 27-year-old has taken a high stakes showdown with Klitschko at Wembley Stadium on April 29, live on Sky Sports Box Office, in only the 19th fight bout of his professional career.
Promoter Eddie Hearn has not looked past the upcoming clash with Klitschko, but admits Joshua wants to leave a lasting legacy in the sport by fighting on for a decade.
"Everything is just on the line on April 29," Hearn told Sky Sports. "AJ talks about having 10 years left in boxing, so part of me doesn't want to rush, but we're rushing into the Klitschko fight. Why not keep going?
It's all about winning, but he certainly wants to be in the biggest fights possible over the next 10 years.
"Deontay Wilder will be ringside - that's a natural fight. Joseph Parker is another fight as well. It's all about winning, but he certainly wants to be in the biggest fights possible over the next 10 years."
Hearn refused to discuss whether a rematch clause has been included in the fight contract, although he remains open to staging a second fight if Joshua and Klitschko produce an expected epic encounter.
Confident or obsessed?
A day spent alongside Anthony Joshua revealed his differing mentality to Wladimir Klitschko.
"Nothing is guaranteed in boxing," he said. "If there is no value in the rematch, then you won't see it again. If it's a great fight, certainly we can't rule out doing it again."
Watch Anthony Joshua vs Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley Stadium on April 29, live on Sky Sports Box Office. Book the event online here or via your Sky remote.