He’s the unified world heavyweight champion of the world – and Anthony Joshua is giving everything he has to keep it that way. Despite no shortage of admirers over the years, the boxer has stayed strict with himself outside of the ring, insisting he has no time to date because he is “married to boxing”. The 31-year-old signed a ‘lifetime contract with Eddie Hearn this week until he retires. It comes ahead of his clash against Oleksandr Usyk at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sat night, where the 31-year-old will defend his three belts as well as potentially lining up a superstar clash between Tyson Fury and Tyson Fury. Joseph Bayley Temiloluwa Prince Joshua (his son from ex Nicole Osbourne) will be watching. AJ bought her a wonderful gift even though they are no more together. He previously spoke out about what he is looking for in a relationship – once he gives up his gloves. Joshua is a great choice for a partner. He started boxing as a latecomer in 2007 and has since risen through the professional and amateur ranks to become a world champion. The boxer trains at a public gym and is often flooded with selfie-taking fans, which is unusual for a star.
AJ has climbed the amateur and professional ranks to become a world champion
Get the biggest news delivered to your inbox. Sign up for the Mirror’s free newsletters “You want to be nice, but you’ve got to be serious,” he told Insider, explaining how he also has to be strict about meeting up with pals after work. “You’re always in a mental battle trying to keep your mind in the right place.” This same super-focused attitude extends into his love life. Speaking to the Sun, Joshua said it was hard to “find a balance” in his career and suggested dating a fellow celebrity would be easier. “I think you can date and still be a successful sportsman but it’s hard to find a balance and I would have to compromise — which I’ve not felt able to do,” he said. “For me to have a relationship now means I would have to compromise and change my ways and I don’t know how easy that would be for me to do.”
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He added: “I hope I will — and probably meeting someone else who understands fame would make sense. I hope so. It must be someone down-to-earth, family-oriented, someone who can call my mom their second mum. His son received some advice from him, despite his apparent lack of interest for the ladies at the moment. “My dad never gave me advice about much,” he said. “But in terms of relationships what I have learnt and what I tell my son is, it would be nice to find a high school sweetheart and to grow together because as you get older you get set in your ways.” AJ’s ideal date is a top restaurant meal – no food is off limits. When AJ has a spare moment, he insists that food is the key to his heart. Peperami’s wannabe Cupids decided to test this theory by playing matchmaker to find the perfect match based on food.
Joshua goes on a blind date with a fan
Speaking ahead of the blind date last year, he said: “I don’t really do dates, I am not really interested in it. I am much more in to just being in relaxed situations and developing friendships. “Like I said I am not a big fan of the date situation but if I was on a date I would find a good local restaurant. For me no food is off limits, I would just like who I am with to enjoy themselves and eat exactly what they want to. I am definitely not a food snob.” Despite his boxing diet, AJ says he wouldn’t expect a date to change what they’re eating for him. He said: “I am not worried about what a date would eat and I have never judged someone on what they were eating. “I am a healthy eater as it’s part of my job but it wouldn’t really worry me what my partner was eating. I love all kinds of food but I have to be more strict about my nutrition when I am training.
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“My family also does a lot of home cooking which is great. With a partner I wouldn’t put that pressure on as my diet is a large part of my job so I wouldn’t want to add any pressure on and keep it separate. “Believe it or not, I love chicken. Or something like fried rice, boiled fish, or something similar. You’re probably wondering why. Because it is as delicious as it sounds!” As part of Peperami Chicken Bites’ experiment, three beautiful women cooked AJ a meal – and he picked a date based on his favourite. Opening up about what he looks for a woman, he said: “In terms of qualities I think it’s important how people were raised and the values they have. “And no I am lucky I have never been in the situation to compromise love for my career.” Asked if he would ever consider dating another celebrity, he joked: “I don’t really see myself as a celebrity but you know what, if any celebrities are out there looking I am available.” Penthouse for ex-and Maya Jama selfie drama. While AJ no longer goes out with Nicole Osbourne but AJ has made it a priority to care for the mother of his child. According to the Sun, Joshua bought a £500,000 penthouse in Finchley, North London, for his ex despite them splitting.
AJ and Maya Jama sparked relationship rumours after this selfie – but insisted it was innocent
He has previously been linked with a string of celebrities, including models Cara Delevingne and Bella Hadid, and singer Rita Ora. Follow Maya Jama’s dramatic split with Stormzy in 2019. In 2019, AJ sent fans into a frenzy after a selfie of the professional boxer turned TV host went viral online. Though rumors arose that the pair were in a relationship, Joshua dismissed them. He revealed that he had spoken with Stormzy during a roundtable discussion in New York prior to his rematch against Andy Ruiz Jr.
“So I took a little picture with one of my friends’, a musician, his ex, in the gym and it gets blown out of proportion. Like, ‘Ohhhh, what’s he doing with her?’, but we were just working on a shoot,” he explained. “But then me and him spoke and I said, “It’s the bloggers job to blog, it’s the social media guy’s job to make good social content, it’s the internet guy’s job to make clickbait”. So people take it how they want.” After the selfie went iral, Stormzy got in on the act too, posting a promo posted a promotional image for his new song that saw him dressed in boxing gear. Have a story to share? Get in touch by emailing [email protected]
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