I want my legacy to be about character, not boxing-Anthony Joshua
But in spite of these achievement, Anthony Joshua wants to be remembered for how much impact he makes in the community and in peoples lives and not what makes him popular, boxing. “I want my legacy to be about character, not boxing, Joshua told Evening Standard
The world heavyweight champion, 31, said he does not want his legacy to be only about his sporting achievements as he spoke of the importance of helping “others in need”
Joshua sees himself as ‘a local north London boy’ who wants to help his community, whether that is recording a video to encourage people to support shops in Golders Green and Temple Fortune near where he lives, or reading out a speech on behalf of a campaigner at a Black Lives Matter event last year.
‘We need a conscious effort to come together and to fight for positive change and we should keep up that fight as a community,’ he says. ‘It is our duty to help others in need and if you can do that, the world will be a better place. Things are only going to get better. People are passing their intelligence down to the next generation.’ It is this, rather than boxing and any fight against Fury, for which he wants to be remembered.
‘If you look back at the great boxers, like Muhammad Ali, there is not much people can remember about their fights but they can probably remember their characters,’ he says. ‘Ultimately, no one is going to remember everything about my boxing unless they are a hardcore fan; my legacy should be about the type of character I am.
Anthony Joshua is equally fascinated by the next generation and would like ‘loads’ more children. ‘You can learn so much from them, they are amazing at being themselves,’ he says.
‘I like the creative side of my son’s brain. I want him to be free and explore.’ JJ is yet to show an interest in boxing and Joshua doesn’t want to pressure him, although he does want him to play a sport when he is older ‘because sport unites you. It doesn’t matter what background you are from, your size, your shape. I would definitely push him to play a sport when he is older because of the benefits in terms of interactions with different people.’
Joshua is expected to take on boxing “bad boy” Tyson Fury later this year to become undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.
Ahead of the mega-fight – which will reportedly be worth around £200million – Joshua said lockdown had given him a chance to test his mental strength.
He has been kept busy cycling and playing lego with his five-year-old son Joseph, known as JJ.
“It’s all about having a structure. That’s a massive part of mental health, waking up and having something to get ready for and put your mind to even if it is just a Zoom call.”
He also admitted becoming “addicted” to Oreo milkshakes.
“It’s protein. I’m on a diet where it sounds weird but I have steak for breakfast,” he said.