The 27-year-old boxer is just days away from his mouthwatering world title fight against Wladimir Klitschko
ANTHONY JOSHUA’S mum has recalled the moment she was told by one of her son’s trainers when he was just a teenager that he would be world champion.
Ahead of his blockbuster fight against Wladimir Klitschko this Saturday at Wembley Stadium, mother and son were videoed for a heartwarming interview.
It is well documented how close Anthony is with his mother – he still lives with her at home, and in this clip the pride she has for her son is etched all over her face and wide smile.
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She said: “I also remember one of your trainers, and he said ‘you know what mum, your boy, your son is going to be a world champion one day’.
“And i was like ‘what’s he talking about’. I didn’t take it quite seriously until he qualified for the Olympics.
“When he won the Olympics, I didn’t really want to watch it, because I don’t really like watching him, I was sat down and that was the longest nine minutes of my life.
“I had the paper over my face until the end then when I heard he won I was just so excited, so excited and I started jumping up and down.
“It was very nice, a very proud moment.”
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Yeta Odusanya revealed her son was “a very good baby toddler, and very placid, very full of life” in his early years.
She reveals that when he was “eight, nine or ten” her son used to “mess around, rapping”, although at the mention of a song he used to sing, Anthony goes shy and begs for the filming to cut.
Joshua and Klitschko will clash for the world heavyweight title – in the biggest boxing event ever staged in Britain this Saturday.
The big-punching rivals will meet in the ring at Wembley Stadium, with capacity for the first extended to allow 90,000 to be there to witness it.
IBF champion Joshua, 27, made his second title defence against Eric Molina in Manchester.
And he will now put his belt on the line against the division’s dethroned king on home soil.
Klitschko has not fought since losing his titles to Brit Tyson Fury in Germany in 2015.