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Anthony Joshua reveals when he plans to retire from professional boxing

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Anthony Joshua has expressed his desire to retire from boxing within five years if things go according to plan. 

Having clinched the IBF title in just his 16th pro fight, the 27-year-old is set to defend his crown for the second time when he faces Eric Molina in Manchester on Saturday. 

Joshua will then turn his attention towards his match against the legendary Wladimir Klitschko in the spring to challenge for the WBA title. 

Boasting a 17-0 record, the Brit plans leave behind a legacy before quitting the sport at the age of 32, according to the Mirror

Joshua said: "I'm 27 now. Maybe I'll be around for another five years.

"The legacy I will leave is that I've come up the hard way, stayed true to myself. 

"I'm a kid from Finchley, who went down the gym to get a bit of fitness, and I have ended up leaving a legacy behind. It wouldn't have been possible unless you stay true to yourself.

"I wasn't chasing money, I was just on a self-development course. I can finish in five years, provided everything goes to plan."

The 2012 Olympic gold medalist claims he would be happy to retire right now having already achieved such immense success at a young age.

Joshua started out as an 18-year-old kid from Finchley ABC, an amateur boxing club in north London. 

Joshua added: "One hundred per cent. I could walk away from boxing now. It's all about being happy - and I'm happy. As long as I'm happy, that's all that matters.

"I don't do it for money, I don't do it for glory nights. When I look deep within myself, I enjoy boxing, but I can walk away now. 

"I met some good people and I always know these good people."

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