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Doing things the AJway

Photographs by Elliot James Kennedy
Sittings editor: Anish Patel

Even a long-mooted £100m fight on the horizon can’t faze Anthony Joshua, his dedication stretching beyond boxing into everything he does in his life.
‘My legacy should be about the type of character I am,’ he tells Susannah Butter

It’s hard to keep up with Anthony Joshua. The world heavyweight champion boxer is showing ES Magazine’s photographer how to outwit opponents in the ring, darting nimbly from side to side ‘because you can unnerve them with fast footwork’, he says, before punching the air with all the force of his nearly 6ft 6in frame, grinning triumphantly.

Joshua is savouring this day off from training, even breaking his strict protein-heavy diet with a bag of usually forbidden ready salted crisps. When the photographer asks him his favourite colour, he doesn’t skip a beat: 'Gold.'

He laughs but it is clear that winning is never far from his mind. The 31-year-old north Londoner is the first British heavyweight to win both a gold medal at the Olympics (in 2012) and a world title (he keeps his medals and trophies in the garage).

“[fury is] so much more polite in real life. When we bumped into each other he told me, “I’m a big fan of you, champ””

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“We need a conscious effort to come together and to fight for positive change and we should keep up that fight as a community”

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BOSS X AJBXNG vest, £29; tracksuit bottoms, £169; BOSS sneakers, £279

“Ultimately, no one is going to remember everything about my boxing unless they are a hardcore fan; my legacy should be about the type of character I am”

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“I have a chance at life so I am taking it with both hands.
It could be a
lot worse”

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Grooming by Celine Nonon at Terri Manduca using Dermalogica and Kérastase haircare.
Photographer’s assistant:
Ollie Radford