Joshua aims for bil­lion­aire sta­tus

Lesotho Times - - Sport -

LON­DON — An­thony Joshua says he is de­ter­mined to be­come box­ing’s first bil­lion­aire be­fore his ca­reer comes to an end.

Joshua holds a per­fect record of 18-0-0 (KO18) but is set to come up against his toughest op­po­nent yet when he takes on Wladimir Kl­itschko for the IBF, WBA and IBO heavy­weight ti­tles at Wem­b­ley on April 29.

The 27-year-old, who is ar­guably the most mar­ketable heavy­weight in the world, in­sists his pri­mary fo­cus re­mains on win­ning ti­tles but ad­mits he also has am­bi­tions of be­com­ing the high­est paid boxer in history.

“When I first started, the aim was to be­come a mul­ti­mil­lion­aire,” Joshua told GQ.

“But now there are or­di­nary peo­ple, grand­mas and grand­dads, who are worth mil­lions just be­cause of property prices. So the new school of thought is that I need to be a bil­lion­aire.

“Be­ing a mil­lion­aire is good, but you have to set your sights higher. If I’m mak­ing £10m from my next fight, my next tar­get has to be mak­ing 10 times that.

“And if I get to £100m-150m, why not go for the bil­lion? I know self- made bil­lion­aires. It’s hard, but it’s pos­si­ble.”

Joshua is con­tin­u­ing to train hard for his clash with Kl­itschko and took to so­cial me­dia on Mon­day to post a picture of him­self jog­ging through a park, along­side the cap­tion: “Think­ing about the fight.”

Kl­itschko has ap­peared to try and force a re­ac­tion from Joshua after tak­ing to Twit­ter to ridicule the Bri­tish fighter’s aim of be­com­ing a bil­lion­aire.

“On April 29th I’m go­ing to fight a wannabe bil­lion­aire. Fel­las, how many wannabe bil­lion­aires did you ‘fight’ in your life? I’ve none,” said Kl­itschko.

“How many of you 90,000 that night at Wem­b­ley and mil­lions around the world are bil­lion­aires?,” added the Ukrainian former world cham­pion.

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