Anthony Joshua Regrets Commencing His Boxing Journey Late – “I Wish I Started Earlier”

Published 09/15/2021, 9:30 AM 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 the brightest face of the heavyweight picture. Over the past decade, he has shown his capabilities to the boxing audiences and till today, he’s going super-strong. Moreover, his journey is no less than an inspiration to countless budding boxers out there. However, the British warrior is still not satisfied with his stint. A former Olympian, Joshua, certainly feels he should have started boxing earlier.

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In his recent chat with 5 Live Boxing Podcast, he said, “When I watch my first fight against Emanuele Leo, I was so bad,”

“I wish I started earlier – I’d be much better. If I had started in 2000 then by 2010, I would have been a lot better. And when I started my pro journey, in three years I would have been the man I am today.”

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“I would have been more experienced, more seasoned.” (h/t BBC)

Joshua came into the limelight right from his very first pro-fight in 2013. He had an unusual style back then, which helped him pile on to the heavyweight mix with consecutive T/KO wins. ‘AJ’ had everything required in a pro-boxer, right from power to heavy movements and more.

That’s why, regardless of starting late, the Brit reached the top in no time. The unified heavyweight champ already has a fight aligned for September 25 against Oleksandr Usyk. Here, ‘AJ’ will defend all his straps and look to secure yet another title fight triumph.

Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk – A highly vital bout for both the technicians

Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk’s contest will pave the way for more such iconic title bouts, as there are many contenders waiting to get their hands on the heavyweight gold.

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Also, this fight might expose either of the two boxers for an undisputed fight ahead. That said, both the boxers will come in prepared and they won’t look to budge an inch from winning this tussle.

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It’ll be interesting to see who among the two men makes the most out of this vital opportunity.

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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