The new age of heavyweight monsters has got Anthony Joshua’s trainer Rob McCracken already urging the ace to plan his retirement party before the challengers get too big.
If the unified heavyweight king swats aside his loudmouth challenger Jarrell Miller in New York on June 1 – AJ will return to hunting down 6ft 7in WBC champ Deontay Wilder and 6ft 9in Tyson Fury.
With the life-changing brain injuries recently suffered by Canadian light-heavyweight Adonis Stevenson on his mind, AJ aims to get out of the game with his health.
He said: “Rob’s just saying, ‘Look, you’ve become champion, you fight for the undisputed title, get out while your brains are still intact.
“Look at Adonis Stevenson recently, even with all the research and information, things are still happening in boxing where people are getting hurt.
“So he’s just more concerned about my health than anything.
“What people should realise as well, the last heavyweights — let’s say Wladimir Klitchsko’s era — they were, like, 6ft 6in, 6ft 7in.
“Before that era, Lennox Lewis was the biggest of the bunch and he was 6ft 4in. It’s a whole different breed of heavyweights now, 6ft 9in, 6ft 7in, 6ft 6in, 300lbs and they’re hitting hard. It’s totally different, isn’t it?
“It’s happening at lower weights now and five years, 10 years down the line, people are going to start thinking about the impact it has on us as fighters as well, being this weight.
“So that’s why Rob is more concerned for health reasons. He has been a fighter, hasn’t he, so he knows what it’s like to go through all the training camps.”
Josh plans to beat some old-school respect into Miller at Madison Square Garden and prove that manners, not money, maketh the man.
Britain’s Olympic golden boy has had to defend himself against unproven doping allegations and cruel “Uncle Tom” taunts from the 22st American.
The bitter summer showdown will make the 30-year-old challenger a rich man and boost AJ’s fortune by another £25million.
But Josh, who shuns material trappings flaunted by the likes of Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather, says battering disrespectful Miller senseless will mean more than dollars and cents.
He said: “The good thing boxing helps you with is respect. I’ve realised it’s easy for me to get a promotion now because of the platform than someone else. It’s not the finance, it’s the position and it’s what you do in the position.
“I live within my means. I don’t own 10 Rolls-Royces, Lamborghini’s, Ferraris, 10 mansions. I don’t have all that stuff.
“My reputation is more important than what’s in the bank. I’ve been around billionaires and it’s not so much about their money as their character.
“You can tell when someone like Miller has new money, big chains, flash and all that s***.
“So you have to learn that respect takes you further. What got me through the door wasn’t money, it was mostly character.
“This fight is straight gutter, it’s not about class.
“But there is an element of it that he will learn money doesn’t make you. Man makes the money, money doesn’t make the man.”