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Anthony Joshua's mum talks about son's career in new documentary

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Any Anthony Joshua fight nowadays is a huge event, and tickets are hard to come by, not to mention far from cheap.

Some fans would give an arm and a leg to see AJ in the ring live, and yet there’s one person who can get to any fight they want for free, but chooses not to – his mum.

Yeta Odusanya revealed that she never attends ringside with her son, and didn’t even go to AJ’s Wembley showdown against Wladimir Klitschko to see him unify the heavyweight belts.

Not one to usually venture into the spotlight, she made the comments in an interview for BBC One documentary 'Anthony Joshua: The Fight of My Life'.

It’s not because she doesn’t support Joshua – far from it, she even arranged a surprise party for him ahead of that particular bout – she just can’t face watching.

She explained: “Nobody wants to see their son in a fight. I’ve only ever been to two.

“It’s too emotional and nerve-wracking. As a mum, you feel for your child.

“He’s been working hard, training hard for the big event and we thought it would be good to do a little something for him because he doesn’t ask us for anything.

“He’s a blessing to the family and an inspiration to the younger ones.”

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Joshua and his mother have always been close, and he even moved back into her North London council flat after the Wembley fight, despite the £15m payday it bagged him.

In the documentary, AJ says that his mum doesn’t really get boxing, but she does know that it changed her son for the better.

He said: “My mum didn’t really understand what boxing was about but what she does know is that it has taught me a lot.”

Joshua’s next challenge is a heavyweight world title defence in Cardiff at the end of the month against Carlos Takam, who has stepped in at just 12 days notice.

Anthony Joshua Media Workout

The showdown at the Principality Stadium was supposed to see Joshua face off against IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev, but he pulled out injured and Joshua will now face little-known Frenchman Takam.

“Takam has fought some good people, but maybe because he’s not so active on social media, the public may not know much about him.

“But he’s definitely a credible opponent and we can’t take our eye off the prize.

“This is his golden ticket to shock the world.”

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