Nigerian British boxing champion, Anthony Joshua has disclosed that he has to sacrifice some important personal activities in order to remain on top of his career in boxing. Some of the things he had to put off include issues of love and marriage.
Joshua revealed to the London Evening Standard that his training regime doesn’t leave ‘much time for girlfriends’, while also suggesting that he may not settle down until the next 10 or 12 years.
Joshua’s discussion of his future plans is coming weeks after he was accused by former Olympic boxing gold medallist, Amir Khan of having an affair with his wife Faryal. The accusation was swiftly brushed off with apologies from Khan as it turned out that Joshua has never even met Faryal before.
The Watford-born boxer, whose parents are from Ogun State, Nigeria appealed to his supporters to support his dream focusing on and move his career forward.
Speaking at the launch of his mobile service Voxi, Anthony Joshua said:
“If people can ride with me for the next 10 to 12 years I would really appreciate it, but if they can’t foresee the future I’d rather they jump off the boat because I can’t stop for no one right now.
“I was speaking to my coach, who worked with [British former world champion] Carl Froch who had a 12-year career. One day it does finish and now he has all the time in the world to think about business, family.
“Not everyone likes the decisions I make but I’ve got to make my own decisions. Decisions I make impact others.
“And my time training means there is not much time for girlfriends either.”
Anthony Oluwafemi Olaseni Joshua is a British professional boxer. He is currently a unified world heavyweight champion, having held the IBF title since 2016, and the WBA (Super) and IBO titles since April 2017.
At regional level, he held the British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles from 2015 to 2016.
As an amateur, Joshua represented Britain at the 2012 Olympics, winning a gold medal in the super-heavyweight division; he also represented England at the 2011 World Championships, winning silver.
In 2014, The Ring magazine named him their Prospect of the Year.
As of May 2017, Anthony Joshua is ranked as the world’s best heavyweight by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board and BoxRec, and second best by The Ring. His knockout-to-win ratio stands at 100%.
Joshua is the second British boxer, after James DeGale, to win both a gold medal at the Olympics and a world title by a major professional sanctioning body, as well as being the first British heavyweight to do so.
He is also the second boxer, after Joe Frazier, to win a world heavyweight title whilst still reigning as Olympic champion at the top weight.