– Anthony Joshua says character is far important than victories in the boxing ring
– The British-Nigerian boxer has stated that people will remember Muhammad Ali’s character more than his fights
– Joshua is billed to take on Tyson Fury in an undisputed bout this year
Two-time unified world heavyweight champion, having held the WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO titles since December 2019, Anthony Joshua, says he prefers to be remembered for his character.
The 31-year-old says he wants a legacy that is beyond victories in boxing as he emphasized on the need of making life better for others.
He likened his ideology with that of legendary Muhammad Ali, saying lots of people won’t even remember his fights, but many remember his character.
Joshua said via Standard:
“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.
“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.”
Joshua, who lives with his mother Yeta Odusanya in north London, recently spoke of the value of family and community as he vowed to “fight” for his community, the environment and Black Lives Matter.
Earlier, he was particular about ‘time’ as he told fans to spend their it wisely in order to become great in future.
According to him, how one spends his or her time is what determines their future as he also urged them to ‘mirror’ their role models and ‘do what they say and do’.
And while reminiscing about his last bout, Joshua took time out to dish out advice on choosing a life partner.
The two-time heavyweight champion said the choice of who to marry should be among the top five most important decisions one has to take.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported Kamaru Usman has retained his UFC welterweight title having defeated Brazilian fighter Gilbert Burns in the wee hours of Sunday, February 14.
But it took the Nigerian nightmare a sensational comeback after Burns began the first round on a front foot.
The Brazilian charged across, took the center immediately and he got Usman backed up to the fence very early.
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