Anthony Joshua is arguably the baddest man on the planet - and he just took a shot at three of the greatest heavyweight fighters of all time without a care in the world.
Joshua is an undefeated heavyweight champ who has racked up 19 straight victories in his impressive career. The most impressive thing about Joshua inside the ring is that all 19 of those victories have come by way of knockout. The 28-year-old is approaching yet another heavyweight title defense when he takes on Carlos Takam this weekend (Sat. October 28, 2017) from Wales.
"AJ" is coming off of the biggest win of his career when he defeated heavyweight legend Wladimir Klitschko via TKO in the 11th round this past April. The win earned Joshua the vacant WBA (Super) and IBO heavyweight titles.
With Joshua's continued success inside the ring it's inevitable that his fight check swill continue to grow. The increased wealth of young athletes often leads to their financial downfall, however, Joshua doesn't think he'll make the same mistakes as past heavyweight legends before him (quotes via Boxing Scene):
"The Tysons, the Riddick Bowes, the Holyfields, we all know their stories outside the ring and I have always wanted to manage that.
"We have been working on it for three or four years so it's not much of a shock. If you suddenly win the world title, all these opportunities can come your way. You feel like the man and you can lose track.
"We've been working on this from way before so I was prepared for it. It's about understanding the journey. I have always been open about my positives and negatives.
"The most extravagant thing I do is help people. I don't need a lot and if I were to fight for 400 million dollars I don't think it would change me or my lifestyle a lot.
"I am not on the celebrity circuit or anything like that. My lifestyle is set up and I know what I need to get through my day."
What are your thoughts on Joshua's shot at Tyson, Bowe, and Holyfield's past issues with their finances? Do you think that he meant any disrespect by it? Or was he simply using them as a comparison? And will Joshua be able to manage his money intelligently as his paychecks continue to row? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!
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