The boxer has a heartwarming relationship with his mum Yeta Odusanya, and lives with her in Golders Green, London
HE may already have millions of pounds in the bank, but Anthony Joshua has not let his fame get to his head.
In fact, the 27-year-old, who will fight in front of 90,000 fans on Saturday, still lives at home with his mother in a council flat in Golders Green London.
This is despite the Watford-born boxer splashing out £500,000 on a penthouse in Finchley, where the mother of his child Joseph, Nicole Osbourne lives.
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And as he winds down his training routine ahead of standing toe-to-toe with Wladimir Klitschko at the national stadium, he has been fuelled by packed lunches made by mum Yeta Odusanya.
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Chicken, beef, pasta and eggs have provided the protein that makes Joshua the favourite against Klitschko, the 41-year-old veteran of 68 fights and deposed multiple belt world champ.
Joshua, who turned down £50,000 to turn professional after winning Olympic gold to think things through, credits boxing, and his mum, for turning his back on a life of crime.
In January 2011, police officers found 8oz of cannabis concealed in his sports bag.
He was charged with drug dealing and it seemed like the end for a promising young sportsman.
The Watford-born fighter would later remember of those days: “I wasn’t with the best group of people.
“It was all about how I looked, my clothes, clubbing, girls.”
He was a long, long way down the wrong track.
But he has traced his way back to the road to sporting glory.
The very year after the bust, an Olympic gold medal was hanging from his muscled neck.
An imperious 18 knockouts in 18 professional fights followed.
In an interview ahead of his blockbuster fight, mother and son gave a heartwarming interview, with the pride Yeta has for Anthony etched all over her face.
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.”