Anthony Joshua: “My First Born Will Grow Up To Be Like Me”

Joshua says he'll be happy if his son becomes a boxer



Nigerian born British boxer, Anthony Joshua has revealed that his first born will grow up to be hard-working, and be like him.

The Watford-born boxer while talking about parenthood says he is happy for his son to follow his footsteps and one day take up boxing.

The World heavyweight champion who is a father to a two-year-old son spoke to Sky Sports.

“My first born will grow up to be like me, hard-working and understand sacrifice, because he’s the heir to the throne.

“I’ll have to nurture him to be tough, wise and make critical decisions.

“I had to start from the middle using my fists, whilst some people have to start using their feet playing football.

“I’m happy for him to fight, I just want him using his head first.”

“When I watch it back, if I knew what I know now, I would have done much better,” says Joshua.

“I still got the win, but I could have done it much easier.

“There will be a time when I get beaten, and I’ll have to show how I bounce back.”

The 27-year-old is set to make another title defence against mandatory challenger, Bulgaria’s Kubrat Pulev October 28 at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium.

Joshua set to fight abroad

In related development, Anthony Joshua next fight destination could be out of Britain, promoter Eddie Hearn reveals.

All 19 of Joshua’s professional bouts have been on British soil and have all ended in knockout wins for the Anglo-Nigerian.

But after the Pulev contest, he could be set to cash in on some lucrative ties- with Las Vagas, Nigeria and the Middle East being touted as possible locations.

Hearn reveals that talks are ongoing and he wants the stakes to be higher than ever with a unification fight potentially in the offing.

“I think Anthony’s next fight after Pulev will be abroad. Maybe Las Vegas, maybe the Middle East, Hearn says.

“Then his next fight after that will be unification — and I want the Wilder fight.

“It’s all there for Anthony, and he just has to keep winning. But first, let’s deal with the Pulev fight.”

Joshua and Rashford pose for a snap

Joshua meets Rashford

Meanwhile, as Joshua prepares for Kubrat Pulev showdown, Joshua as met Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford.

The heavyweight champion of the world posted a picture of himself alongside the Three Lions forward sat on the edge of the ring on his official Twitter page.

Rashford started both of England’s World Cup qualifiers against Slovenia and Lithuania as the Three Lions sealed their place in Russia next summer.

He will be hoping to help club side United to victory over arch rivals Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday.

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