Sports

Anthony Joshua hopes to become a heavyweight great after proving himself at highest level

anthony-joshua1

Anthony Joshua says he only realised his full potential after being “put in the lion’s den”, but is now confident he can become a heavyweight great.

The unbeaten 27-year-old has started preparing for the next defence of his WBA ‘super’ and IBF heavyweight titles, which is likely to be against the IBF’s mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev.

Joshua insists he was initially unsure about whether he could reach the top of the sport, but he ripped the IBF belt from Charles Martin with a stoppage victory last year, and then earned recognition by knocking out Wladimir Klitschko in April.

“Now I’ve got that strap on my back and that lion fur on my back, you walk with confidence, but before then you’re a contender and you can only find out how good you are when you are put in the lion’s den,” said Joshua.

“It was good to come out with the lion’s fur on my back for sure and now I can walk with confidence.

“At the time, I never believed I could become champion. I always did it for fun, for the discipline.

“I liked the discipline it gave me. In life I found a balance, which was important and now I believe I can definitely achieve greatness. But greatness does not just come from what I achieve in the ring – it’s some of the things that I intend to do outside of the ring.”

“At the time, I never believed I could become champion. I always did it for fun, for the discipline.

“I liked the discipline it gave me. In life I found a balance, which was important and now I believe I can definitely achieve greatness. But greatness does not just come from what I achieve in the ring – it’s some of the things that I intend to do outside of the ring.”

“The thing that makes the days long is that the coach has things set out, but there’s things I want to achieve as well so it adds those extra hours on and drags the days out.

“But sometimes you need those little things which make a big difference. I don’t mind having long days in the gym. There is always going to be that one time when I need it, so as they say it’s all in the bank.”

Anthony Joshua was playing Destiny 2 ahead of its worldwide launch on Wednesday, September 6.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

To Top