Joshua admits he's afraid of becoming disabled because of boxing
Former world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (25-3, 22 ko) has admitted that he fears being in a wheelchair after his boxing career is over. The Watford native called his health his main legacy after retiring from professional sports.
Joshua said this in an interview with the authoritative Mens Health magazine. The Briton, who is set to fight American knockout artist Deontay Wilder (43-2-1, 42 KOs) in December, said he doesn't want to repeat the fate of many boxers who suffer from the effects of fighting over the years.
"In boxing, people go to the gym the same way, and very few go the same way. Because of injuries and what they go through. I want my legacy to be that I left healthy. Imagine me at the age of 50 or 60 in a wheelchair - absolutely crushed because of the injuries I received. My legacy should be that I am still healthy and fresh in my old age... I want people to say, 'Wow, he still looks good, he still looks after himself'. That's a legacy," Anthony said.
The day before, Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn spoke about Saudi Arabia's plans to organise Usyk-Fury and Joshua-Wilder fights on the same night. Later, the media published the boxers' fees for the grand show. The total amount will be at least $250 million.
Joshua had previously lost twice to Usyk. After that, he returned to the ring and defeated American Jermaine Franklin (21-2, 14 KOs) by unanimous decision, causing a provocation and a massive brawl.
As OBOZREVATEL previously reported, Oleksandr Usyk's next fight caused a real stir in Poland. And Sydney 2000 Olympic champion Audley Harrison made a prediction for the Ukrainian's fight with Fury.
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