Joshua admits money motivates him
Anthony Joshua, a Nigerian-born boxer, has admitted that money is motivating him ahead of his fight with Jermaine Franklin at London's O2 Arena.
After two losses to champion Oleksandr Usyk, the former two-time unified heavyweight champion is eager to get his career back on track by defeating Franklin on April 1.
During a press conference to promote his fight with Franklin, boxing promoter Eddie Hearn asked Joshua what was motivating him at this juncture in his career.
"Money," Joshua said repeatedly before Hearn could finish his question. "I enjoy making money. Straight forward. As an example, this is a prizefighting sport.
"I've been bankrupt. My family has been bankrupt. I understand what this means, and I do it because I'm good at it and I work hard.
"When it's all said and done, no one will care about me any longer. So I'd better make the most of my time here."
According to Forbes, Joshua amassed a £38 million fortune during his ten years as a professional boxer by becoming one of the sport's biggest stars.
Joshua, who insists he is taking his upcoming fight very seriously, has moved to Texas to train with new coach Derrick James.
"Not because I haven't seen anything," Joshua replied when asked about the excitement of moving to the United States by Hearn. I'm not there for anything else; I'm a serious person who isn't interested in anything else. This is probably the most serious I've taken it in my career.
"I'm not there to go out for coffee and talk about nonsense; I'm there to f*ck work."
If he can win again against Franklin, Joshua could face Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder, or even former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou.
All three would be extremely lucrative for the 33-year-old, allowing him to live a life of luxury long after his boxing days are done.
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