Someone once told me, “to be great you have to sit amongst the greatest”.
Does sitting, and rubbing shoulders with one of the greatest count? For me, just taking a picture beside the great Champ, was enough.
As Heavy Weight Champ Anthony Joshua, tours the UK with his new title for an interview with former boxer Johnny Nelson – who I am to turn down tickets to witness an interview with the man himself.
I know what you’re thinking….we look well suited right? Like a pair of odd socks thrown together in haste but then boff, by no means of prediction, they collab, complimenting each other nicely, catching your eyes only to draw you further in with intrigue, lol. Me and AJ baby.
All jokes, and fantasies aside there is no mistaking Anthony Joshua is that guy right now and he is making Headlines for all the right reasons.
Late April, we saw our young lion; one of the youngest Heavy weight boxers in fact, fight the Legendary Heavy Weight; Wladimir Klitschko. It was Klitschko’s 29th world title fight and AJ’s 19th,(PAUSE) fight. With that being said, no doubt the tension was felt in Wembley Arena. With a crowd of 90,000 it was the biggest crowd fight in 90 years to be had in the history of British Heavy Weight boxing. So tension seems somewhat of an under statement.
Despite all odds, and after a rocky 6th round where we saw AJ go down, our British Gold medalist came back stronger – sending Klitschko to the canvas in the 11th round and bagging himself the Heavy Weight title.
I have a funny feeling this will be an iconic shot in years to come.
Anthony Joshua’s success has been absolutely phenomenal to witness over the past decade. From climbing the ranks within amateur boxing, bagging the Gold medal in 2012 for our team GB, to becoming the Worlds Heavy Weight champion; least not we forget the fight where he put cocky Charles Martin on his arse inside two rounds. Unforgettable. It has been an absolute pleasure to watch this young Watford boy bless our screens with his on-going success, his humbleness that comes with it and exemplary sportsmanship.
AJ’s success means different things to different people. But for me personally as a single mother to a young boy growing up in London, he gives me HOPE. He’s not just the World’s Champion but the People’s Champion.
AJ is a testament to the power of sport, strong will & self-belief. AJ’s trainer, Rob Mc Cracken said it himself, “Anthony’s greatest strength is his belief”.
Now, I am no expert when it comes to boxing, or any sport for that matter. But there’s no doubting that Sport has proven itself to be a good omen time and time again. Throughout history we have seen sport quite literally save lives. Many athletes like AJ, have what some might call a turbulent backing story before they excelled in sport. On a larger scale we’ve read how sport played a positive influence in the dismantlement of the African apartheid. Least not we forget how the Olympics have played a pinnacle role in empowering women and disabled athletics all over the world. With the Paralympics shining light on peoples abilities and sheer resilience, as opposed to our limitations.
The magic not only shines light on the athelete’s themselves, but it sprinkles new opinion amongst everyday people like you and me. Reminding us just how strong, fast and resilient our bodies can be. Even in the face of adversity. Totally smashing the boundaries of what is humanly possible. Since the Olympics came to my neck of the woods in 2012, I have become a big fan of sport and the magic and honour it bestows.
So, what did I make of the Interview with Anthony Joshua…
Well, honestly if it were me interviewing AJ I would have delved more deeply to know more about the man behind the belt. I’m no athlete but I have come to understand that in order to be successful in any given forte, there must be sacrifices. You absolutely have to be willing to give something up in order to move forward. I would have been interested to know what sacrifices AJ had to make on his path to success, and any transferable pearls of wisdom he could offer anyone on their personal journey to empowerment.
Here is a list of questions I personally would have been dying to ask: feel free to comment your burning questions for the Champ below. You never know I might just get to interview the Champ myself one day.
Questions for AJ
1. What did you have to let go of on your journey towards success?
2. What advice would you give someone else who is on their road to success athletically or otherwise?
3. Have you always believed in yourself, or was there a moment for you where it just clicked?
4. What do you like to do on your days off?
5. What keeps you grounded as a person?
6. Do you think you can use Boxing to benefit society in some way? If so how?
7. Are you single and ready to mingle??? Jheez you can’t blame a girl for trying!
No doubt this would literally have been his reaction to question 7….
That reminds me, this is one thing I really admire about AJ. He’s always smiling and laughing with a kind of innocence about him. The best bits from the interview were when AJ made light hearted humour when asked what happened in the sixth round when he fell to the canvas after taking a heavy blow? Instead of taking the question defensively, AJ chuckled and said “it was like, you know when you’re playing street fighter and your energy bar goes lower and lower, that was me.”
AJ’s reference to the old school game, Street Fighter instantly humoured the inner child of every 80’s/90’s baby in the room.
AJ’s will, his belief, his laughter and contagious smile make him a Champ. I pray he never looses that about him in the face of all the fame and fortune.
As for me I am athletically challenged lol, so I will instead continue to sport my writing skills. One of my reflections on my personal quest to success is to be mindful of my circle, to be the best I need to read the best, and be around some of the best influential writers of our time.
Lastly, and no less importantly – to follow my heart- be in tune. Whatever makes your heart flutter, follow it, it might just be your calling. And what ever challenges you, grab it. It might just be what you need to grow you.
Much can be learnt from Anthony Joshua’s self belief. Ability and support networks can only carry you so far. Belief in yourself is what really takes us the extra mile.
So until next time, keep believing in yourself my beautiful bloggers. I believe a champion lies within us all. All we really need to do is push and apply ourselves in alignment with our callings.
I sense some of AJ’s star dust might have rubbed off on me and my self-belief. Anything is possible. And so I am affirm today I will earn my right to interview Mr Joshua one day soon.