‘Money, money, money’: Anthony Joshua honest about motivation for Jermaine Franklin fightFebruary 9, 2023
“I compare him to some old-school fighters. People feel like boxing’s based on popularity, but it isn’t. It’s based on skill, and he’s got a lot of skill. But when you watch [my] fights on TV, it’s one thing; when you step in the ring with me, it’s another thing.”
Joshua was also honest about his motivation for the next phase of his career.
“Money, money, money,” he said. “I like making money, straight up. I’ve been broke, my family’s been broke, I know what this s*** means. I always built businesses outside of boxing, out of fear of going back to square one, but when I’m said and done, no one will care about me anymore, so I’ll make the most of it while I’m here.
“My own expectations are my pressure, but pressure is being broke, worrying about your bills. Look what’s happening in Syria, Turkey – the earthquake that just happened. Me going to fight is a blessing, no pressure.
“I still feel really fresh and young. I made a conscious decision last year to put my heart into boxing and nothing else. It’s not just the mind, where your head’s at, it’s your heart.”
Joshua also addressed his decision to partner with his new coach Derrick James, who replaces Robert Garcia, who in turned took over from Rob McCracken after AJ’s first loss to Usyk.
Joshua (right) with his new coach Derrick James
“Derrick here, he’s got some tricks up his sleeve for sure,” Joshua said of the American, with whom he has been training in Texas. “You’ve seen [my] development up until now, I’ve always tried to adapt my style, because heavyweight boxing is about longevity.
“I ain’t seen anything [of Texas], I’m not there for anything else [but training]. Throughout my entire career, I think this is probably the most serious I’ve taken it – in terms of my eating, my sleeping.”
James added: “The world hasn’t seen the best of Anthony Joshua, especially the guy I’ve been working with in the gym.
“I’m taking Franklin very serious, I know Anthony is taking him very serious. I think that it’s about Anthony being the fighter he wants to be, it’s not about anything else; it’s about his legacy and trying to improve and be the best version of himself that night.
“The time we have, three months, is not a lot, but it depends what level you’re working on. He’s a very intellectual fighter. I won’t talk about what I’m most impressed with, because that’s a giveaway.”
Meanwhile, Franklin said: “I got the utmost confidence, I believe I can beat anybody. If you doubt yourself, you’re in the wrong sport. It’d be an excellent moment for my career, [beating Joshua]. I’ve got the will, I’ve got the heart for it. I’m ready to go to war.”
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