Three-belt world champion Anthony Joshua looks back on his 2013 professional debut as the Londoner continues his quest to unify the entire heavyweight division.
The 28 year-old is preparing for another defence of his crown against Joseph Parker on March 31 at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium in a bid to add yet another accolade to his haul.
‘AJ’ was once one of the most sought-after boxers on the planet after making the decision to enter the paid ranks in 2012 on the back of winning a gold medal at the summer Olympic Games in England.
Speaking on his first contest without a vest, Joshua said: “Have you got that in slow mo?
“I turned pro because I was an amateur for three years and it went from fighting at my local club to competing at the world stage to competing at the Olympics in the space of three years.
“So when I turned pro I really knew it wasn’t the right time but I knew there was no better time to turn pro as I had just competed in the Olympics and it was just the fear of getting it wrong. So there was that added pressure that I can’t afford to lose here and I still have that mentality today.
“Early on in your professional career the promoter will always give you fights that kind of build you up, build up your confidence and I thought it will keep me under the radar but that wasn’t the case. He was feeding me out into different places in the country building up my profile and it has kind of fast-tracked the journey to where it is now.
“If I didn’t make the mistakes that I made, I think that shapes you as a person, so that’s what I try and tell myself, I step back and say “you know what you’re gonna make some mistakes and you’re gonna do some good things, but even then the bad, don’t take it to heart, just keep on rolling with the punches cause it’s gonna be a tough journey,” he added.
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