Feature | Oct 28 2017

Anthony Joshua wants to do what even Mike Tyson could not

Speaking to Anthony Joshua, Matt Christie considers why, maybe, he is different
Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury
Anthony Joshua & Carlos Takam Weigh-In  |  Action Images/Andrew Couldridge

AS the microphones disappeared from under his nose and the lights stopped flashing, Anthony Joshua kept smiling. Ushered away from the stage where he spoke to all the cameras that wanted to speak to him, the WBA and IBF heavyweight champion made his way down the winding stairs of the Cardiff museum and, despite having answered a thousand questions – many duplicated, many nonsensical – the 28-year-old walked into a room and prepared to answer the same questions  all over again.

“What do you want to talk about, Anthony, you’ve been answering questions all day,” asked the Daily Mail’s Jeff Powell, concerned that Joshua had nothing left to say.

“Let’s talk about how I win the four world heavyweight titles,” Joshua replied, almost without hesitation. “No one has done it since 1988, right? And with the politics of boxing, is it possible that I can do that?”