FIGHTING TALK: BOXING CHAMPION ANTHONY JOSHUA
Esquire: The science of boxing is fascinating. Are you an athlete who wants to know everything that’s going on, or do you shut up and do what you’re told? Joshua: The science of today creates longevity; we now train in a world of data. The data can predict if I’m not fit enough before I fight, or if I’m getting sick two weeks before I actually do. I like to use the data and science to stay ahead of the game, but I also love the old school approach. Just because I may have a little cough or something I don’t want to be held back. “Die in training, live in battle” is a motto I like. How do you prepare and focus mentally for a fight? I’m always meditating, looking into myself and questioning myself. Letting my thoughts come and go. I do need my own space also. When I’m in camp, I completely immerse myself into my training and that’s all I focus on.
Can anyone box well? Not everyone wants to chop down a tree. Some people want to stand there and tell others what to do, and some people are labourers. Boxing is a labouring man’s sport. It’s too hard not to enjoy it. It’s not to say that’s true for everyone but you have to get your hands dirty, and enjoy that side of it! You now versus a 21-year-old Mike Tyson. Who wins? I can’t claim to be there yet. Nobody beats a 21-year-old Mike Tyson.