With London 2012 Olympics less than a year away and the 2011 AIBA World Boxing Championships set to get underway this month, FansShare decide to see what makes an amateur boxer. Fortunately for us, super heavyweight hope Anthony Joshua was kind enough to take a few moments to talk to us.
Anthony took up boxing at the age of 18 after his coach spotted some potential in him, after just a few times in the gym. Joshua, who is good friends with fellow Finchley ABC boxer Samuel Patrick, heads into this month’s World Championships with the possibility of qualifying for the London 2012 Olympics.
FS: Do you have a normal job outside of boxing?
AJ: No, but I do charity work if there’s any I'm willing to get involved.
FS: What is your biggest achievement to date within boxing?
AJ: Being a part of the Great Britain boxing team.
FS: What boxer would most compare your style to?
AJ: I can't answer that it's too early on in my boxing, I’m still learning my style.
FS: Frank Warren has been saying nice things about you. How does that make you feel?
AJ: It's good and I’m honoured that Mr Warren has some belief in me and it will be good to back up his statement!
Anthony Joshua will make it on to the London 2012 Olympic boxing team if he manages to get to at least the quarter finals at the World Championships in Baku. The talented young man, who seems to have a very level head, admits that if he was not boxing he would probably be working a regular job.
Joshua looks to have the potential to be destined for the top and he does not lack the self belief that he could make it, “If I never give up – Yes” he said regarding the possibility of a future World title. Anthony also appears to have a very wise coaching staff on board as he claims to have “No low points .. The coaches and I have taken everything as a positive,” and strives to “Keep moving forward and learning, learning, learning”. Wise words for one so young.
As for the big boxing question on everyone’s lips regarding the best pound for pound boxer in the world? Well Anthony made it pretty clear who he believes would win should Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao ever get it on in the ring, “MONEY MAYWEATHER” he stated.
Remember the name Anthony Joshua, as he is a rising star in the sport of boxing and we tip him to go all the way. Good luck at the World Championships Anthony and the rest of team GB.