Anthony Joshua: “I’m Not Champion and It’s Hurting a Lot”

abu dhabi, united arab emirates   november 05 anthony joshua is interviewed ringside at etihad arena on november 05, 2022 in abu dhabi, united arab emirates photo by francois nelgetty images
AJ: “I’m Not Champion and It’s Hurting a Lot"Francois Nel

While Tyson Fury prepares for his third (and let’s face it, underwhelming) bout with Derek Chisora this December, former world champion Anthony Joshua can do nothing more than watch from the side lines.

With reports suggesting that deadlines weren’t met between Joshua and the Gypsy King, AJ now has to wait until 2023 to get back into the ring, with an opponent still to be decided – both Dillian Whyte and Deontay Wilder are names that continue to circulate.

However, while Joshua may be currently out of action, that’s not to say he still doesn’t have the urge to get his titles back. In fact, it’s a drive that’s pushing him on, but, speaking to DAZN, AJ acknowledged how other non-related boxing things often get in the way.

“My life is complicated," said Joshua. "Boxing has become a bit complicated for me. But it does affect my ring activity. So I’m just always trying to push that stuff away. It’ a challenge. I’m just trying to get it out of the way this year, so next year I can just focus.

“I’m not champion and it’s just hurting a lot. So I’m in the gym rebuilding and restructuring everything I have to do inside and outside of the ring.

“There is a lot that goes on outside the ring in my life which makes my ring life complicated. So I just need to simplify a lot of stuff outside the ring and then I can put my full attention in the ring. And once I’ve got that done, next year I’ll be ready.”

Off the back of two hard-hitting defeats, many fans and pundits have questioned whether AJ would ever return to the ring, but in true fighting spirit – which AJ has been renowned for his entire career – he isn’t giving up just yet.

“I’ll be in the ring when I’m in the ring. I don’t want to make statements today and then I’ll get held to the cross. Do you know what I mean? When I’m ready, I’ll be back in the ring.”

As to who his opponent will be, only time will tell.

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