When he was a teenager Anthony Joshua was fitted with a tag as a punishment for fighting and drug-related offences. Speaking to Men’s Health magazine, the British boxer explained how having a curfew made him who he is.
Imagine being at home every day at 8pm for 14 months: Christmas, New Year, birthdays. That routine was a really good start to my boxing career. I took a positive from it.
However, he insists he is not trying to be a role model for others.
I’m not trying to be a role model. If there’s any inspiration people can take from me, take as much as you can – from my good and my bad. But I’m not saying this is how you should live. Just set yourself a goal and try and stick to it. Because you’ll always end up better than where you started.
Joshua defends the amount of time he spends in the gym working on his fitness.
There’s this idea that because I’m a heavyweight, I’m not supposed to be in condition, that I should take advantage of the fact that I can eat. But I train and eat well and it shows when I step on the scales. Middleweights are ripped to shreds, but nobody calls them bodybuilders.