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Anthony Joshua reveals catalogue of injuries he has fought through

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On Saturday October 28, Anthony Joshua will be defending his IBF, WBA, and IBO titles as he takes to the ring to fight French boxer Carlos Takam.

Of course, Joshua was supposed to be defending these titles against mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev, but one torn-pectoral muscle later and Pulev had to be withdrawn.

Pulev withdrawing only two weeks is said to have annoyed Joshua, who initially wanted Dillian Whyte to replace the Bulgarian.

He feels that Whyte is one of the two boxers who actually provided him with a true test, a test he wanted to overcome once again.

In light of Pulev being withdrawn, Joshua has recently revealed the catalogue of injuries he has overcome and even fought through to compete for the world titles he holds today.

Joshua revealed: “If you only knew all the injuries I have faced in camp.

“I had glandular fever against Dominic Breazeale last year, and I fought Michael Sprott with a fractured back in 2014.

“Two weeks before the Wladimir Klitschko fight, I went for a Thai massage and the lady pulled my arm down by my leg and it cramped my back.

“Two weeks before the biggest fight of my life, I swear I was walking doubled over. Even in this camp I’ve had a bit of a problem with my shoulder, but I just crack on."

Joshua (19-0) has never let injuries effect his performance as he has never failed to knock out an opponent in his 19 professional fights.

He thinks he knows why.

“When you’re there in the ring the adrenaline takes over anyway. So, touch wood, I don’t think I’d stop unless it was seriously serious.”

Despite these comments, he did admit that he understands why Pulev had to be pulled from the fight.

However, he explained that he would feel as though all of the hard work he puts into his pre-fight camps would be wasted if he had to pull out with what he described as a "niggle".

Joshua once again fuelling the rumours of him actually being part machine rather than man.

All jokes aside, Joshua is an incredible athlete and one who has the potential to become one of the greatest boxers in British history, so he is fully aware that his trainer Rob McCracken has the final say when it comes to his injuries.

The passion and drive to play through pain that Joshua shows is envious and boxing fans across the world will be hoping this continues, just so long as the injury he plays through is not serious enough to effect the longevity of his career.

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