My Working Day: Mr Anthony Joshua
Mr Anthony Joshua at BXR Gym in London. Photograph courtesy of StubHub
Mr Anthony Joshua’s rise has been nothing short of remarkable. In 2010, he won the senior ABA Championships, making him the best boxer in England just two years after his first amateur fight. Two years later, he was Olympic champion. Currently, his professional record shows 19 fights, all won by knockout, and he is seen by many as the best heavyweight fighter on the planet. Needless to say, he knows a thing or two about hard work. As he prepares for his next fight against Mr Kubrat Pulev next month, we asked Mr Joshua for an insight into his working day, and what it takes to achieve greatness.
I usually wake up at 7.00am. Some fighters get up at 5.00am, which is all good but sometimes I don’t leave the gym until late at night so I need rest. I’m training hard so I need rest to attack the day properly.
If I’m training, I won’t eat anything too heavy in the morning. But porridge is good for energy. Eggs, salmon, some asparagus, and fruit are always good, too.
I don’t really watch the amount of calories I take in. There’s a lot of interest in nutrition nowadays which I understand, but I think my body has always been the best nutritionist. I know what I’m craving and I know what I’m not craving. There are improvements I can make with specialists, which I work with. But there’s enough pressure as it is without worrying too much about what I eat.
We do three sessions a day in the gym. In the morning, I work for about an hour and a half. On some days I’ll do a lot of running and cardio, on others it will be cardio and strength all wrapped into one. In the evening I do a four-hour boxing session, sparring with some big lumps.
The average session is not so much about pumping iron. It’s more about controlling and maintaining my weight, which is important. To keep me going, I eat a lot of rice, lentils, a lot of veg, and chicken.
When I’m not in the gym, I need to relax. I’m listening to a lot of Fela Kuti at the moment, and Power on Netflix is always good.
I also like to be hands on with the business side of things. My team encourage me to try and understand what goes on. The best teacher is experience. The bigger your brain, the more creative you are and the more you can achieve. Sport is about being creative – finding ways to win. So it helps in all aspects of what I do. I’m a businessman who has to work by certain principles to succeed.
If you can’t make your bed in the morning, how can you go out and conquer the world? I also like to think that how you treat your family is how you should treat others. Sometimes when you’re trying to run a business you forget you’re dealing with people. You need to have a personal touch. It’s not just about the turnover.
A lot of the success I’ve had in boxing I put down to the trainers. But it’s also because I’m reckless. I don’t care. I’ve got no fear in my heart. I don’t care if I fail. I don’t stop. I’m a longevity type of person. Nothing can stop me.
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