Joshua won't rush decision
Gold medal hopeful hints he may stay amateur after London 2012
Last Updated: July 20, 2012 1:34pm
Anthony Joshua: Aiming for gold at London 2012
Olympic super-heavyweight contender Anthony Joshua says he will be in no rush to turn professional even if he wins gold at London 2012.
The 22-year-old has rejected several offers from top promoters since rising to prominence when he came within one point of winning the world amateur title in Baku last year.
And the race for his services will no doubt be kicked up a notch if he lives up to his pre-Games billing as one of the favourites to win a gold medal in a competitive +91kg division.
Amir Khan and James DeGale are the most notable recent Britons to turn pro in the wake of winning Olympic medals, but Joshua says it is far from a foregone conclusion he will leave the amateur code after the Games.
"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 said.
"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 announced himself on the super-heavyweight scene when he defeated reigning world and Olympic champion Roberto Cammarelle of Italy in the quarter-finals in Baku.
He suffered a controversial 22-21 final loss to Azeri Magomedrasul Medzhidov but is now focused on gaining revenge on the biggest stage of all.
Joshua added: "I never expected to be here.
"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."