Anthony Joshua insists he’ll fight until he’s 50 as he hits back at Fury’s claim he should retire if he loses to Ruiz Jr
ANTHONY JOSHUA has vowed to fight until he is 50 hitting back at claims he should retire if he suffers another defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr.
The Brit’s reputation is on the line when he faces the Mexican in Saudi Arabia six months after his loss shocked the boxing world.
It was the first defeat of his career forcing him to sacrifice his belts to Ruiz Jr who initially stepped in on just a month notice.
Heavyweight rival Tyson Fury is one of the names claiming Joshua should hang up his gloves with another loss.
The Gypsy King said: “If he gets knocked out twice in a row, I can’t see him continuing to be fair.
“Every man does what he wants to do but I think – he doesn’t need the money and two knockout losses is a shattering to your career.”
Promoter Eddie Hearn sensationally said Joshua could retire even if he beats the 30-year-old.
But AJ has shot down any talk that he could walk away and insists his love for the sport will see him box for another 20 years.
During Sky’s Gloves Are Off show, he said: “It is weird because you get, ‘Ah, if you lose your next fight you should retire.’
“I say, ‘You didn’t tell me to get in the gym so who are you to tell me to get out of the gym?’
“I swear I’ll fight till I’m 50. I fight because I love the game.”
Ruiz and Joshua came face-to-face on the show last night for the first time since the Watford-born fighter was dropped to the canvas four times.
And the Mexican was quick to remind him of their initial scrap in which he labelled him a quitter.
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Ruiz Jr said: “I think he quit because of the way it was going.
“I think he was out of it and didn’t know where he was at that moment. I think he quit.
“Would I have quit under that sort of attack? It depends on how hurt I was. But I don’t quit. If I fall, I fall.”