Anthony Joshua’s army of adoring fans grows with every fight, every knockout and every self-deprecating appearance with a microphone. And the responsibility he feels to inspire the next generation of all races is not one the 27-year-old takes lightly.
Ahead of his upcoming clash with mandatory contender Kubrat Pulev, Joshua told Sky Sports: “A role model is interesting, because no man is perfect.
“It’s not only black kids that go through certain things, it’s also white kids, Asian kids, Chinese kids going through all sorts of things in life. So as I said, why I have to not take that title as a role model is because it’s just about who you are as a character,” Joshua added. AJ shot to another level of stardom with his 11th round knockout of Wladimir Klitshcko in April and will re-enter the squared circle against Pulev next.
Cardiff’s Principality Stadium will play host this time as the “Cobra” attempts to dethrone the IBF, WBA and IBO champion on October 28. The former Olympic star’s fanbase will again be glued to his every move and it seems Joshua is determined to do them proud as he puts in the hard-yards. A recent update on his Instagram showed the 6ft 6in champion in all his glory, standing with his hands taped inside the ring following a training session. Joshua added the caption: “Stand alone”, but as arguably the biggest draw in boxing he will have thousands screaming their support when his Bulgarian challenger comes to the Welsh capital in less than a month’s time. He shared a video to his Instagram account on Tuesday evening showing off some impressive speed bag work as he continues his preparation for the bout. — Daily Mail.