Anthony Joshua Aiming To Become A Heavyweight Great!
Last April, we witnessed a heavyweight bout between two titans of the division, in a match that would go down in history as an all-time great. Anthony Joshua vs Wladimir Klischko was seen by a sold out 90,000 Wembley crowd and millions around the world, in what turned out to be an intense fight, with both fighters being knocked down. Anthony Joshua won of course, and since his ‘acid test’, he has only just realised his full potential.
The 19-0 unbeaten heavyweight, currently holding the IBF and WBA World Heavyweight belts, has returned to training camp in preparation for his next big fight, which is highly likely to be against Bulgarian challenger Kubrat Pulev, who is best known for his KO loss to Klitschko in 2014.
AJ insisted that in his maiden years as a pro, he was unconfident of his abilities, and didn’t think he world go on to become a World Champion. Despite beating Charles Martin last year and claiming the IBF world heavyweight championship, he had only been put through his paces once, against Dillian Whyte. However since then, Joshua has realised how gifted he truly is after his victory over Klitscko, who has dominated the sport for a decade.
In an interview, by Sky, Joshua stated:
“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,”
“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.”
The Wembley showdown between AJ and Klitschko was definitely the most difficult fight of Joshua’s career so far, which saw Joshua struggle through the middle rounds, and almost being stopped on his feet. The unbeaten champion believes that it was his training camp which what helped him over the line.
“Yesterday was a light day, 13 hour day,” he said. “I left the house at 10am and was training all day, got home around 3pm, spent time with the family for an hour and had some food, then straight back in the gym.
“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.”
Joshua’s next fight will be formerly announced this week; it has been almost guaranteed that he will fight at the Millennium stadium in Cardiff, Wales on October 28th 2017.