Anthony Joshua discussed his career in-depth recently as the world heavyweight champion reflects on seven years in the professional side of the sport.
Appearing on Apple Music’s Songs for Life, which was sent to WBN this week for coverage, AJ talked about all things boxing.
In part two of what will be a lengthy look at the interview, Joshua spoke honestly about moving towards his final chapter.
“When you’re head down, plowing through, nothing makes sense because you don’t have time to look up. To see what’s being created,” said Joshua on Songs For Life. “I’m just head down. I’m 30 years old now.
“I started when I was 18 and the world just started turning straight away. Challenge after challenge. Competition after competition. Trials and tribulations after trials and tribulations.
“A loss on the way. A victory on the way. But now it’s starting to make sense. And now I’m coming to the last stage of my career, 30 years old.
“It just means that I’m at a stage where I can create a real legacy, that my name will live on beyond my physical form.”
Asked about his rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr., which Joshua and his team were criticized for taking immediately, he replied: “You hear everything. But it’s all-purpose for where I am now.
“So at the stage and at the time, I’m walking out and I’m hearing the greats, the all-time greats saying (like Lennox Lewis), ‘Joshua is crazy for taking the rematch’ and ‘who is his team for letting him step back in the ring so soon?’
“Also, ‘he should’ve had a warm-up fight before’. That ‘British fighters are weak’ and ‘he can’t come and defeat Andy Ruiz. He’s got the quickest hands in the division.’
“But I knew I could beat him. I knew it was just a blip in my career. And I trusted my instinct to take the rematch like that.”
Joshua regained his four versions of the world crown and is now sitting pretty as a two-time world title-holder.
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Songs For Life aired on Apple Music and is available on demand at apple.co/_SongsForLife.