It has been yet another successful year in the premier weight-class of boxing for Anthony Joshua, as he added one more title in the form of the WBO belt in early 2018, defeating Joseph Parker while triumphing over Alexander Povetkin later in September.
Retaining the WBA[Super], IBF, IBO and WBO titles, Joshua is aiming to reach the zenith in the heavyweight division as he plans to unify the belts, with the WBC title the only one that eludes him - currently in possession of Deontay Wilder.
Making an appearance in the British television series Top Gear recently, AJ gave one of his most candid interviews to Top Gear magazine’s Jack Rix, talking about the prospect of the Wilder showdown, recalling his first ever training session, and even taking the wheel himself while driving in a 400bhp Land Rover Defender Works V8.
Asked to name his top three heavyweights of all time, the Watford-born fighter didn’t hesitate in revealing his favourites in the sport.
“Jack Johnson, because of the era he was in, the adversities he had to overcome and he was the best,” came the reply from Joshua, as he disclosed the first name in his favourites list.
Next in line was the legendary American boxer Muhammad Ali, regarded as ‘The Greatest Of All Time’ and the most significant and celebrated sports figure of the 20th century.
Joshua added: “Muhammad Ali! There was a civil rights movement happening in America. So, he uses the platform to preach to a wider audience about the issues and pressure that his community was facing and took it to a global stage.
“He passed the legendary status and became as icon of the sport.”
Continuing the discussion further, the 29-year-old said: “Thirdly, ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson, for me. When I went to boxing, fall in love with it and then when I looked at Iron Mike, he was a kid from Brooklyn, went through a lot of issues at a young age. I read his book.”
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The Brit told about the way Tyson conditioned his mind to think like a champion, which helped in Joshua’s own way as he progressed over the years.
“I realised that if I had that in myself to think like a champion, I could become the champion,” concluded Joshua.
AJ is scheduled to fight next on April 13, 2019, although the opponent is yet to be announced.
Numerous names are being considered with Wilder, Tyson Fury, Dillian Whyte and Jarrell Miller all in the mix.
Nonetheless, it will be another enticing year ahead, not only in the sport, but specifically for the heavyweight divison itself.