Anthony Joshua says that he will not fight again until December 2023. He recently stated on social media that while everything is imperfect, it is all a part of the bigger picture.
Joshua, who earlier this month defeated Jermaine Franklin by unanimous decision; and suffered a nose injury in the fight, said he is resting following this month’s win over Jermaine Franklin.
Following his victory over American Franklin at The O2, the British heavyweight champion has been linked to fights against Dillian Whyte and Tyson Fury.
However, Joshua posted a statement on social media that suggested a prolonged absence from the sport and appeared to have sustained a nose injury during the fight.
“My next fight is scheduled for December. Not ideal but everything is part of a bigger picture,” Joshua confirmed on his Instagram story.
Johnny Nelson asserts that Joshua displayed “vulnerability” against Jermaine Franklin, and that despite this, he still committed “some rookie mistakes” in his points victory on Saturday.
Dillian Whyte says he believes a fight between Joshua and Tyson Fury won’t happen demanding he is prepared to confront either opponent.
Oleksandr Usyk took Joshua’s unified WBA, WBO, and IBF heavyweight titles in 2021, and Joshua was unable to reclaim them when he lost his rematch with Usyk last year.
He said these things after Frankin won:
“I’m going to keep on pushing and plugging away. Maybe I could have let my hands go more [against Franklin]. Maybe this, maybe that.
“That’s all the past now and all we can look forward to is what’s going to happen in the future. It’s just good to be back and getting the ball rolling. We’re climbing, we’re climbing the ladder once again.”
Joshua called for a heavyweight showdown against British rival Fury after he battled to a points win over Jermaine Franklin. He previously acknowledged he would have considered retiring had he lost to Franklin. But he promises his enthusiasm for the sport is undimmed.
“I’m passionate. Self-driven. Motivated. No one forces me to do this. No one forces me to get up in the morning and run. It’s tough,” he said. “It’s tough sometimes.
“But there’s something in you that’s like, ‘Come on, you’ve got to fight, you’ve got to win.’ The minute you start losing that desire, you’ve got to be real with yourself.”
He knows that moment will arrive for him one day. One day he will have to stop.
“There is no ticking timebomb that I could actually tell you when it’s going to detonate. But there’s a reality,” he said.
However, he noted: “The reality I’m living is, we’re still chasing something. I’m still chasing the dream.
“I’m definitely passionate about the game. Still. For so many reasons. The list is long and I’m committed until it’s done.”