Former unified heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua, has revealed the boxer he believes everyone wishes to emulate – including himself – explaining that this pound-for-pound great is simply in a ‘league of his own’.
The two-time heavyweight champion is continuing his steady comeback as he seeks a third fight of the year, something he hasn’t achieved since he first became champion in 2016.
Despite the increased activity, the performances under new coach, Derrick James, have failed to excite fight fans who want to be convinced that the new ‘AJ’ style is ready to set the heavyweight scene alight once more.
Wins over Jermaine Franklin and Robert Helenius were meant to be followed by a blockbuster against American heavyweight, Deontay Wilder, but a deal from Saudi Arabia’s Skill Challenge Entertainment was withdrawn and now the Brit seems set to fight a different opponent before the end of the year.
Having suffered three ‘painful’ losses, he told Men’s Health that the fighter who ‘everyone wants to be’, is one that’s never tasted defeat – Floyd Mayweather.
“Undefeated. He has beaten so many world champions. Unbreakable mindset. Great talent matched with hard work.”
“He’s in a league of his own.”
Mayweather’s record of defeating twenty-two world champions is one that will likely stand for some time, and his financial impact on the sport will forever be remembered as game-changing.
He hung up the gloves with a perfect record of 50-0, and now continues to earn from boxing through the exhibition circuit.
Joshua is aiming to create his own history and become a three-time heavyweight champion. The 33-year-old is currently ranked as the number #3 with the IBF, and there’s a chance its heavyweight title will be vacated after an undisputed bout between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk, giving him a chance of achieving his dream in 2024.