Anthony Joshua quit playing FIFA 16 because it was affecting his boxing

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Anthony Joshua was crowned the new heavyweight champion of the world following his victory over Charles Martin at the O2 Arena last Saturday.

However, there’s a chance his shot at glory may never have arrived had he continued playing FIFA 16.

The 26-year-old has revealed that he was addicted to the popular EA Sports video game and had to pack it in when it started to have a negative impact on his performances inside the ring.


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“I used to play FIFA until it affected boxing,” Joshua told The Sun. “I had to stop playing because it affected my sleep and recovery. I could stay up till five in the morning playing it, get up at seven and train.

“That’s how mad it was, it wasn’t healthy – even then it was always sports.”

Joshua's next fight: Wembley on July 9?

Joshua claimed the IBF heavyweight title in his 16th professional fight and is now expected to stage the first defence of his crown at Wembley Stadium on July 9 - the same night Tyson Fury is scheduled to fight Wladimir Klitschko in Manchester.

Promoter Eddie Hearn told Sky Sports Box Office this week: "He's just won the heavyweight championship of the world, it just looks like he's just won a four-rounder.

"This is only the beginning, he's got aspirations to unify all the belts, and he will. We've got a little something planned for July 9, maybe in a national stadium in Wembley.

"Get ready for that. He's going to go through everybody."

Joshua warns Tyson Fury

Joshua could end up fighting Fury at some point in the near future and the Watford-born pugilist has promised to “go through” the 27-year-old when the time comes.

"The promoters are going to do their promoting, the fighters are going to do their fighting and the public are going to do their talking and I'm going to keep on walking,” Fury recently told BBC Radio 5 Live.

"I'm going to walk through Tyson Fury when's he's ready. I'm not messing around believe you me.”

David Haye also looking at potential Joshua bout

However, another potential opponent for Joshua is David Haye, who believes the new heavyweight champion will have to fight him if Fury fails to impress in the Klitschko rematch.

“Joshua's got a few voluntary defences he can make,” Haye was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail. “He can fight against anyone and make money, sell tickets and make the fans happy.

“I’m not sure what him and Tyson Fury are going to do. Next year it will be up to Joshua's team to decide what is the biggest fight; me or Fury.

“But if Tyson Fury's second fight with Klitschko is anything like the first fight his value will seriously plummet.”

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