Anthony Joshua, the former heavyweight boxing champion, candidly admits that his dream of becoming the undisputed heavyweight champion may not align with his original timeline.
As he prepares for his upcoming match against Otto Wallin on December 23, which features Deontay Wilder vs. Joseph Parker, the 34-year-old reflects on his recent victories over Robert Helenius and Jermaine Franklin Jr. Joshua expresses an interest in facing Francis Ngannou or potentially Wilder in 2024.
However, Joshua acknowledges the slim chances of reclaiming the undisputed heavyweight champion title, especially after losing his WBO, WBA, IBO, and IBF titles to Oleksandr Usyk in 2020.
He recognizes that the journey to regain these belts may span over the next six years.
In an interview with TNT Sports, when asked if he still envisions battling for the undisputed title, Joshua responds, “I used to, but it won’t happen anymore. I feel it will probably take me about five to six years to go through and get all the belts and beat all the independent champions, and that will probably take me until I’m 40 or 41 before I do that again. So I’m just like, it’s probably not in my time frame.”
After consecutive losses to Usyk in August, Joshua, in a post-fight press conference, expressed deep dissatisfaction with his performance, stating, “It’s really, extremely hard for me to say I’m proud of myself. I just feel angry, I don’t feel anything. Deep, down in my heart.”