Joshua looking to emulate Federer

From ESPN - December 12, 2017

Anthony Joshua has expressed his desire to emulate tennis star Roger Federer as he looks to establish himself as a sporting icon.

Joshua, who currently holds the WBA Super and IBF world heavyweight titles, is aiming to follow in the footsteps of the 19-time Grand Slam winner by unifying all heavyweight belts and becoming a sporting icon.

On the subject of his current status in the sport, Joshua told Sky Sports: "I do understand now, I have to play the game, if I want to create a legacy.

"I think I understand now, everything I have to gain and everything I have to lose.

"I have never played a role," he admitted. "But look at the likes of Muhammad Ali, who became a sporting icon.

"Before I was happy to just be a part of boxing, and felt wherever I get to, it was always better than where I started. I never had a minute to reflect.

"But now I want to stamp my mark and my legacy, and be among the likes of Federer."

The 28-year-old also recognised that the way he conducts himself as a professional boxer would be important if he was to to take his place among the modern sporting greats.

"If I want to be considered like these guys, I have to carry myself the right way," the 2012 Olympic gold medalist added.

"I want to be like the Ronaldos, Messis, Federers who compete with Nadal, Murray. That's where I want to take boxing.

"There's a lot of clowns in my industry, jealousy and negativity. I swerve them."


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