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Anthony Joshua hints at what he could do after retiring from boxing

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Anthony Joshua squares off with New Zealander Joseph Parker in a March blockbuster match-up which will likely see one man lose his undefeated record.

Even though both heavyweights are arguably in the prime of their career, Joshua has revealed he is already thinking about what to do after hanging up the gloves.

Perhaps surprisingly, the Brit has hinted at a possible role in politics once his boxing career comes to an end.

The reason? He believes younger people should have a role in saying how the country should be run.

Of course, Joshua wouldn't be the first ex-pro boxer to swap a life the gym to one in politics as the likes of Manny Pacquiao and Vitali Klitschko are now also political leaders in their own respective countries of the Philippines and Ukraine.

Speaking to Channel 4 news, Joshua said: “I have an interest and I have learnt a lot through boxing in terms of like world matters and what matters to me and what matters to the minority because that’s where I come from.

“I do have a voice but remember I sacrificed education to follow a sporting career.

“So what I say isn’t always going to be facts and my point of view isn’t always going to be from an educational stand point but it will be from a reality - a realistic stand point.

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“Because I didn’t go to school I didn’t educate myself, I haven’t been in a class room, and I’ve been out on the streets with people every day since I was young.

Joshua claims he is not looking to become prime minister or fill a senior role but rather, believes his background and experiences can allow him to make a positive contribution.

The 28-year-old added: “So I do have an interest but I’m not saying I can run the country but I do think that I could have a say.

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“I could have an input and I do think young kids coming up in this country should have a more of a say of what’s going on.

“I think that the county’s moving at such a rapid pace that some people that are older have been in power do need young creative minds to kind of influence what is happening in the world and world matters - I do believe that."

For now, though, Joshua's main focus will be on beating Parker and taking another big step towards unifying the heavyweight division on March 31.

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