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Anthony Joshua says he doesn’t want son to be a boxer

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Anthony Joshua says he doesn't want son to be a boxer

British heavyweight Anthony Joshua says it would not be a “wise decision” for his son to follow in his footsteps and become a professional boxer

Anthony Joshua says he doesn't want son to be a boxer
Anthony Joshua says he doesn’t want son to be a boxer

The two-time former unified world heavyweight champion told BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs he would much prefer if his son Joseph Joshua, known as JJ, became an accountant instead, though he added that he wanted him to carve out his own future.

Joshua also spoke to host Lauren Laverne about how he got into trouble with the police for fighting when he was a teenager living in Watford and how he became homeless aged 17.

Reflecting on his career in boxing, Joshua said he found the sport at a time he needed it most.

He told Desert Island Discs: “I’d usually sit outside the estate and just have a cigarette. Then I started getting in trouble… I just wanted to make money, that was my goal,” he told the programme.

“I was constantly getting in trouble.”

Joshua first entered the ring aged 18 when his cousin suggested he take up the sport, which he said became helpful to “channel my energy”.

Five years later, Joshua became a household name when he picked up gold at the London 2012 Olympics.

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