Anthony Joshua Explains Why He Does Not Ignore His Critics

Published 03/20/2021, 4:00 PM EDT
RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA – DECEMBER 03: Anthony Joshua looks on ahead of the IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight Title Fight between Andy Ruiz Jr and Anthony Joshua during the Clash On The Dunes Public Work Out at Public at the Investment Fund office complex on December 03, 2019 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)


Anthony Joshua is one of the sport’s most scrutinized boxers. However, the unified heavyweight champion has explained why he doesn’t ignore the criticism thrown his way. The London 2012 Olympic gold medalist revealed how critics help him get better as a boxer.

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DIRIYAH, SAUDI ARABIA – DECEMBER 07: Anthony Joshua poses for a photo with the IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight Title belts after the IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight Title Fight between Andy Ruiz Jr and Anthony Joshua during the Matchroom Boxing ‘Clash on the Dunes’ show at the Diriyah Season on December 07, 2019 in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

‘AJ’ is preparing for the biggest fight of his career against Tyson Fury. Despite Joshua’s success in the sport, many experts have written off his chances against ‘The Gypsy King.’ However, the champion has revealed his approach towards these sets of people.

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Joshua spoke on the ‘JD In The Duffle Bag Podcast’ and said, “I listen to the critics because they give me a chance to perfect myself. So, like I’ve got to learn to believe in myself as well, but also when the critics say, ‘Oh he’s good, but he needs to work on his jab’. I’m like, ‘alright, you know what, he’s right actually. Let me go and perfect that jab’”.

This comment from the champion showed his elite mentality towards getting better. ‘AJ’ began his boxing career in his late teens, and as a result, always had to catch up to the others in his division. However, this never stopped him from reaching the summit of the sport.

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Anthony Joshua: Elite mindset

Boxing is as much a mental sport as it is physical, and Joshua is the perfect example of this. Top-level fighters face immense criticism throughout their career for everything they do. However, ‘AJ’ has shown the attitude of a champion even with that.

The Londoner has spoken about the importance of his mental well-being when going into a fight. Moreover, his record reflects the same. He took on Wladimir Klitschko in what was his nineteenth professional bout.

DIRIYAH, SAUDI ARABIA – DECEMBER 07: Anthony Joshua celebrates victory over Andy Ruiz Jr during the IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight Title Fight between Andy Ruiz Jr and Anthony Joshua during the Matchroom Boxing ‘Clash on the Dunes’ show at the Diriyah Season on December 07, 2019 in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Since then, he has shown his immense mental strength against the criticism when he suffered his first loss to Andy Ruiz Jr. Furthermore, amidst all the questions, he put on a clinical performance, avenged his defeat, and regained his belts.

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Therefore, this approach is something that the champion has followed throughout his career. He will need to continue to do so going into the bout against Tyson Fury.

What do you make of these comments from Anthony Joshua? Do you think the champion takes criticism better than anyone in the sport?

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Leonardo Carvalho

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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