The former world champion of Nigerian descent has received a lot of backlash since his loss to Oleksandr Usyk in September despite defending his titles seven times and becoming one of the most decorated heavyweights in British boxing history.
Joshua dropped his WBA (super), IBF, and WBO heavyweight titles to the Ukrainian at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as he was widely criticised for not using his size and strength enough in the inaugural bout. AJ has been ridiculed by many well-known faces in the boxing world, with multiple jibes about his perceived lack of mental strength.
Legendary trainer Teddy Atlas stated that Joshua ‘is too good a loser’ and looks like a fighter who has ‘made too much money’ while former super-middleweight champion Carl Froch suggested that Joshua would need a ‘brain transplant’ to beat Usyk.
Responding to his critics during a recent interview with JD Sport, Joshua said: “I feel like I’m not getting looked at as someone who is a dominant heavyweight in the division. Anthony Joshua, look in the mirror, yeah, that’s me, the guy, ego and that.
“This big Anthony Joshua goes and wins becomes three-time. Ima dash these belts because you got to learn to respect me as a person.
“I’m tired, I don’t want to be respected because of the belts I hold, I wanna be respected because of the man you see.”
Joshua made similar remarks last month in an interview with ESPN when he claimed he would only get the credit he deserves once he beats Usyk the second time around.