Boxing promoter Frank Maloney has suggested Britain’s golden boy Anthony Joshua to turn professional but on the same note he has warned him that it will take him years to get to the top.
The 22-year-old Joshua recently won a gold medal at the Olympics games 2012 but he has no plans of turning pro since he wants to defend his title in 2016. However, Maloney believes it is the right time Joshua should turn pro.
While speaking on his inclusion with Nick Parkinson of The Daily Star, Maloney stated he is interesting in working with the 6ft 6in Olympic hero.
He said: “There was only one Team GB fighter that I would be interested in signing and that’s Anthony Joshua.
“There were a couple of others from a foreign country, too. There’s a great difference between amateur boxing and professional boxing and that was proved by the last crop of Olympians four years ago. You have to dismantle what you have got and completely rebuild it.
“It’s a long-term job with Anthony Joshua and there can be no rushing him. He’s young, so he could wait. Lennox Lewis didn’t turn professional with me until he was 24.
“My advice to him would be to look at all his options.”
Joshua, who won the men’s super heavyweight (+91kgs) gold on count-back against defending champion Roberto Cammarelle of Italy after their bout finished on 18-all on Sunday, wants to stay with the International Boxing Association (AIBA) Professional Boxing (APB) program in order to stay amateur.
Nevertheless, Maloney reckons Joshua would never be able to earn the amount of money he can earn after turning pro.
“They can’t pay them what they can earn as professionals,” he said.
Well, Frank Maloney is the only one who wants Joshua to turn pro since another renowned boxing Frank Warren also wants him to turn pro.
All left to see if whether if Anthony Joshua will reconsider his decision or not.