Joshua in no hurry to turn pro

20 July 2012 / 14:04

London super-heavyweight boxing contender Anthony Joshua insists even an Olympic gold medal will not necessarily hasten his departure into the professional ranks after the Games.

The Finchley 22-year-old has shrugged off a series of offers from top promoters since rising to prominence when he came within one point of being crowned world amateur champion in Baku last year.

Joshua told the Press Association: "I've got two more Olympic cycles in me and there's world and European titles to win, so I've got an exciting career on both sides. I'd love to get a gold at the worlds."

He went on: "I don't want to leave anything with regrets. I want to achieve what I set out to achieve. After the Games I will sit and reflect on where I want to go. At the moment I just know there are great things to come either way."

Joshua went from an untested prospect into a major star in an instant during his campaign in Baku, when he defeated reigning world and Olympic champion Roberto Cammarelle of Italy in the quarter-finals.

A controversial 22-21 final loss to Azeri Magomedrasul Medzhidov has clearly focused Joshua on coming through arguably the toughest of Olympic divisions and gaining revenge on the biggest occasion of all.

"I never expected to be here," added Joshua.

"When I started boxing at the age of 18 I didn't even know there was Olympic boxing. When I got my first taste of amateur boxing I thought, 'I like this'.

"I know that once you've made the decision to take off your amateur vest and head into the professional realm, there's no going back.

"There's no more Olympics or World Championships - the pros are your last shot at it, so it's a big decision."