Anthony Joshua’s mother Yeta Odusanya will not be in attendance at the heavyweight’s showdown with Wladimir Klitschko on Saturday night.
The Brit Joshua has told his mum to stay away as he prepares himself for a brutal contest against the legendary Ukrainian.
While his father is granted permission to attend his fights, Yeta has been under a non-entry order since his Olympic title win in 2012, as Joshua feels it could be too much of a distraction to have her at ringside.
The affable giant from London does not want his mother to worry, but this could be a tough ask considering he is up against one of the most successful heavyweight fighters of all time.
“My old man will be there again, but I don’t really let my mum come to my fights, I’ve banned her. It’s not a place where you want to see your kid, I don’t think, at a fight. My dad can watch it, but not my mum,” Joshua said.
“She is confident enough in me to watch, but I would rather she not be there. One of my cousins will call her after the fight. She enjoys it all, though, and she gets a few freebies.”
A record attendance of 90,000 is expected at Wembley Stadium this Saturday where the victor will receive the IBF, IBO, and WBA heavyweight titles. Joshua will be hoping to emulate the performance of Tyson Fury in November 2015.
However, the 28-year-old, while he acknowledges its relevance, has said he hasn’t watched the Klitschko vs Fury fight much, as his style is very different to that of the controversial fighter from Manchester.
“Because it was the most recent one, it is very relevant, but Fury is completely different to me. I can’t box the way Fury boxed and expect it to be as simple as that for me.
"I just look at little parts of it, not the whole thing.
“Klitschko just didn’t show up in that fight. A lot of great fighters have made mistakes and come back, so I’m expecting the best Klitschko.
“I’m just worried about what I can do. Everyone is different when you fight them. I’m going to worry about myself and how I’m feeling.
“Am I confident? As long as I tick my boxes, I know I’m in a good place.”
Level headed Joshua will be looking to add his biggest scalp yet to an 18-0 record on April 29, clarifying himself as the best heavyweight in the division.
However, it's well documented that Klitschko will be Joshua's biggest test to date, and the Ukrainian certainly won't go down without a fight.News Now - Sport News