Anthony Joshua proves he's a real family man ahead of Klitschko showdown

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Faced with the biggest fight of his career tonight at Wembley Stadium, Anthony Joshua added an emotive touch by adding his son's name to his boot.

The 18-month-old boy Joseph, who Joshua affectionately calls JJ, will be going into the ring in spirit, boosting his father's chances against the heavyweight titan Wladimir Klitschko, where multiple titles are up for grabs.

This makes the upcoming bout the biggest in history, reportedly worth upwards of £50 million, in which Joshua will earn £15 million no matter what the outcome.

You may find it surprising that despite his high profile and ridiculously sized paychecks, the 2012 gold medalist only lives in a council flat with his mother and son.

He spoke to the Mirror about how his family and situation continue to inspire him.

“Boxing gave me my motivation, so having a son just keeps me on course.

“Everything I’m creating, I have someone to pass it down to, because I’m not going to be here forever. All the things I gain in life – wisdom, material objects – I can pass on to the heir to the throne, as such. That’s a nice relationship."

Clearly that's inspired his strategy towards beating Klitschko, which will show him try to dominate the fight early, using his strength and speed to nail the 41-year-old Ukrainian before he can drag the fight out over six rounds.


Joshua also spoke about being a family man, loving each moment he spends with his son and niece Angel.

“You know what I like about the kids? About JJ and my little niece?

“It’s a time when I am so disconnected with what’s happening in the world because you’re in the park and you become a kid, and you focus on what they’re doing.

“It’s like going holiday, you take yourself away from the situation. When I am with my son and my nieces, I take myself away from the hustle and bustle of the world and concentrate on these kids, who haven’t got a worry in the world.

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“I’ve always been a family man.”

Clearly the money means very little to him compared to his family. What a bloke.

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