After a series of blazing right uppercuts and a ferocious straight hand, British-born professional boxer Anthony Joshua knocked out his opponent, Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev, in the ninth round of the heavyweight match on December 12, retaining his WBA, WBO and IBF titles.
Marking Joshua’s first fight since his first loss in 2019, the champion appeared stronger and more determined than ever. In an interview after his victory, Joshua set the stage for an undisputed championship fight with Tyson Furry, saying, “on to the next one.” The fight between Joshua and Fury is likely to be the largest and greatest fight in British boxing history. In light of Anthony Joshua’s recent victory, we recall his best life lessons:
To the heavyweight champion, staying hungry signifies the importance of consistency and motivation. He believes that even when you don’t have anything, never settle for less – rather maintain your craft, stay ambitious and always look up.
Are you even an athlete if you don’t mention discipline? AJ believes that the key element to his success is discipline. He defines it as the force that makes you do everything you need to do.
Learn From You Losses
After losing to Andy Ruiz Jr. in 2019, Joshua took to Youtube to reflect on his loss saying, “Losing isn’t in anyone’s nature… and I took a first loss in a long time. My losses have helped develop me as a person.”
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Rather than just focus on their gear, Joshua encourages aspiring boxers to also ask the right questions and learn from the advice of those more experienced. “Take in so much information,” he advises. “Take in advice from many people, and absorb it. Gain knowledge of the sweet science.”
Joshua believes that ones’ wealth is in their character and not in material possessions. “It’s not about what I bring in my pocket,” says Joshua. “It’s about the energy and connection I bring in my heart and I think that is why I am valued.”