Meet Anthony Joshua: A Natural Born Winner
“Every single day is a blessing, and I take training to my absolute limit to be the best that I can be. Hard work pays off.” These are the first statements from Joshua that meets your ears before you begin interviewing him.
Joshua has held the title as IBF heavyweight champion since 2016 and the British and Commonwealth heavyweight title from 2015 to 2016.
His talent has seen him drawing in one of the biggest and classiest boxing with famous heavyweight boxers. Just recently, he met his toughest opponent, Erick Molina.
“Every day remains a challenge to me. I ensure I wake up early than the rest and engage in vigorous training, which is something widely influential to my success rate. It warms me up by strengthening my core and strength. Losing a match to my opponent remains the scariest event in my life.
Being in the ring is one of the memorable moments in my life. I don’t like disappointing my fans and family. It sounds comical losing a fight when all eyes are looking at you.”
The Watford-born 27 years old champion is among the youngest high profile individuals. He is 6 feet tall and weighs approximately 108kg, with his well-built muscles that seem like a warning to his opponent.
“I’m guessing you were expecting my age to be greater than that. Don’t worry. I’m just 27,” concludes Joshua.
In the showdown between Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko, he cleared the way and retained his IBF heavyweight title in Manchester after previously dispatching American Eric Molina.
His breakthrough traces ten years back to when he was 17. Joshua moved from Watford to Capital where he began boxing under the intervention of his cousin.
A year later, he started training at Finchley ABC after which he realized his potential in sports. The gifted man gave playing football a try and running the 100 meters due to the stamina he possessed.
The years that followed saw his ranks rising in boxing because of the passion he had for the sport. He has since become a champion in Britain, Europe, and particularly in London where he won the super heavyweight gold medal in the modern era.
In 2013, he beat the Italian Emanuele Leo by technical knockout in the first round. Thus, he received a British Empire (MBE) New Year’s Honors for services to boxing.
What keeps motivating Joshua is his favorite saying, “You’re never a true champion until you defend your belt.” The young heavyweight champion has encountered 13 fights without a loss. He looks forward to gaining the WBA and WBO titles and setting a straight historical record.
By Susan Johnes