- Gennadiy Golovkin, at 41 years old, has taken a lot of damage and appears to be heading towards retirement.
- Deontay Wilder, nearly 40 years old, has shown interest in MMA and is expected to retire soon.
- Artur Beterbiev, approaching 40 years old, is running out of opponents and retirement may be on the horizon.
When it comes to a sport like boxing, there is no standard end date on one’s career. Some, such as the infamous ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson peaked in their early 20s and was past his prime very quickly. Meanwhile, others, such as Bernard Hopkins have continued to fight successfully into their early 50s.
With that in mind, boxers can essentially retire at any point in their careers, despite damage or age. That being said, these ten names stand out in that regard. While they’re excellent talents, for one reason or another, they’ll likely be leaving the sport sooner rather than later.
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10 Gennadiy Golovkin Has Been Boxing For 30 Years
‘GGG’ is 41 Years Old And Has A Lifetime Of Damage
- Gennadiy Golovkin hasn’t been seen since a 2022 loss to Canelo Alvarez.
- He’s now in his 40s and has taken a lot of damage over the years.
- ‘GGG’ has looked retired in recent social media pictures.
Gennadiy Golovkin hasn’t been seen since a unanimous decision loss to Canelo Alvarez last September. That trilogy bout saw ‘GGG’ dominated, but he vowed to fight on despite the loss to his rival. Over a year later, he’s yet to return.
Furthermore, Golovkin has been seen on social media in recent months and has noticeably gained weight. While the legend hasn’t formally announced his retirement, one can expect that it’s coming sooner rather than later.
9 Deontay Wilder Is Nearly 40 Years Old
‘The Bronze Bomber’ Is Set To Return In 2023
- Deontay Wilder is currently slated to face Joseph Parker in 2023.
- ‘The Bronze Bomber’ has shown interest in facing Anthony Joshua recently.
- Wilder is now in his late 30s, and has also shown interest in fighting in MMA.
Deontay Wilder is currently slated to return to the ring later this month to face former champion Joseph Parker. If he defeats the Aussie, he’s expected to meet Anthony Joshua next March in Saudi Arabia. That bout with ‘AJ’ will likely be one of the final of Wilder’s career.
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Wilder is in his late 30s, has done nearly everything that he can in the sport, and is set for life. Furthermore, he’s slowed down his activity and has shown more interest in fighting Francis Ngannou in MMA than continuing boxing lately. It’s safe to say the American won’t be around for long.
8 Artur Beterbiev Has Been A Pro For 10 Years
The Russian Is Older Than Many Likely Realize
- Artur Beterbiev is set to face Callum Smith early next year.
- He’s fast approaching 40 years old.
- After a fight with Dmitry Bivol, there wouldn’t be much for him to do.
Artur Beterbiev has been a borderline unstoppable fighter at light-heavyweight. He’s 19-0, with all wins coming by way of stoppage. As of now, he’s hoping to secure a long-awaited unification bout with Dmitry Bivol, expected for next summer. While it doesn’t feel like it, Beterbiev is about to be 39 years old. While he hasn’t shown an interest in retiring, his age and fighting style make that discussion a very real one.
7 Katie Taylor Is An All Time Great
It’s No Secret ‘KT’ Is Winding Down Her Career
- Katie Taylor is coming off a decision win over Chantelle Cameron.
- The two are currently expected to face-off in a trilogy in 2024.
- ‘KT’ has admitted in recent interviews she’s closer to the end, than the beginning.
It’s not exactly much of a secret that Katie Taylor is currently winding down her career. The 37-year-old champion is fresh off her win over Chantelle Cameron earlier this year, in their high-profile rematch. That bout saw Taylor become a two-weight champion, and she quickly showed interest in a trilogy with ‘II Capo’. While there’s no timetable for her retirement, she has stated recently that she won’t do this forever.
6 Terence Crawford Is Honest About HIs Boxing Future
‘Bud’ Has Discussed Retirement Over The Last Few Months
- Terence Crawford is coming off a win over Errol Spence Jr.
- In recent months, he’s been linked to a bout with Canelo Alvarez.
- He’s admitted that bout could be the last of his career.
Terence Crawford hasn’t been seen since his historic knockout win over Errol Spence Jr. in July. That victory saw him become a two-time undisputed champion, but he wasn’t done yet. Post-fight, he called out Canelo Alvarez, in a bid to win gold in a third weight class. That bout with the Mexican superstar is expected for early 2024 but is far from official. However, ‘Bud’ has admitted that a potential fight with Alvarez will be the last of his career.
5 Oleksandr Usyk Has Big Goals
The Ukrainian Will Face Tyson Fury in February
- Oleksandr Usyk is currently set to face Tyson Fury in February.
- ‘The Cat’ vs. ‘The Gypsy King’ will crown the first undisputed heavyweight champion in 20 years.
- Usyk has admitted the bout could be his last.
Oleksandr Usyk is currently slated to face Tyson Fury on February 17th in Saudi Arabia. That bout is a historic one and will crown the first undisputed heavyweight champion since Lennox Lewis. ‘The Lion’ accomplished that feat over 20 years ago.
Unlike many, Usyk has been quite upfront about his retirement plans. Last year, the champion stated that he planned to have three more fights, before hanging it up for good. However, since the announcement of his bout with Fury, he’s admitted that might be his final one.
4 Vasyl Lomachenko Had A Long Amatuer Career
‘Loma’ Is Reportedly Going To Retire In 2024
- Much like his friend Oleksandr Usyk, Vasyl Lomachenko is getting into his late 30s.
- He’s clearly slowed down in his last few ring appearances.
- The WBO alleged that ‘Loma’ was retired in October.
Vasyl Lomachenko’s performance against Devin Haney will likely go down as one of the best of his career. Despite the loss, the aging former champion nearly upset ‘The Dream’, giving him the toughest fight of his career. Given his age and damage, he was already a top candidate for retirement. Furthermore, the WBO president recently revealed that he was told that Lomachenko is already retired. Regardless, his time at the top is likely over.
3 Anthony Joshua Has One Last Run For A Title
‘AJ’ Has Admitted His Next Fight Could Be His Last
- Anthony Joshua is currently slated to face Otto Wallin later this month.
- With a win, ‘AJ’ will face Deontay Wilder in March.
- The Brit has admitted that whenever his next defeat could force retirement.
Anthony Joshua is currently set to return to the ring later this month against former title challenger Otto Wallin. If he defeats the Swede, he can expect a meeting with Deontay Wilder at some point in 2024. However, the former two-time champion could retire with a loss to ‘The Bronze Bomber’. Earlier this year, Joshua admitted that his next loss could be his last. Given his age and the punishment he’s taken, it’s no surprise.
2 Canelo Alvarez Has Enough Money To Retire
The Mexican Superstar Has Stated He Won’t Be Around Forever
- Canelo Alvarez is now in his 30s, and focusing on other opportunities.
- Currently expected to return against Jaime Mungia or Terence Crawford in 2024.
- Has admitted that he has only a few more years of boxing in him.
Canelo Alvarez is still the sport’s biggest star. Currently slated to return opposite Jaime Mungia or Terence Crawford early next year, the Mexican champion has been open about the fact that he’s closer to the end than the beginning.
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1 Tyson Fury Always Teases Retirement
‘The Gypsy King’ Will Likely Retire In 2024
- Tyson Fury has retired multiple times already.
- ‘The Gypsy King’ is currently set to face Oleksandr Usyk in early 2024.
- He’s admitted he’s only fighting for Saudi Arabia’s massive paydays.
Tyson Fury has already retired multiple times in his career thus far, including as recently as last year. However, he later returned for a trilogy bout with Derek Chisora, and bouts with Francis Ngannou and Oleksandr Usyk. While the British boxer doesn’t exactly stick to his word, he’s likely telling the truth now that he plans to retire soon. With a win over Usyk, he will have cemented himself as the best heavyweight of a generation, and make millions of dollars. Afterward, there won’t be much for him to do.