Anthony Joshua says he would like to be the Roger Federer of boxing

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Anthony Joshua says he would like to be the Roger Federer of boxing

The 28-year-old boxer Anthony Joshua takes inspiration from Roger Federer. The WBA, IBF and IBO champion mentioned the Swiss player's name when speaking about the opportunity to compete against the likes of Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder and Joseph Parker in order to become the undisputed heavyweight champion.

Interviewed by Sky Sports, Joshua said: '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've never played a role.

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.

If I want to be considered like these guys, I have to carry myself the right way. I want to be like the [Cristiano] Ronaldo's, [Lionel] Messi's, Federer's who compete with [Rafael] Nadal, [Andy] Murray. That's where I want to take boxing.

There's a lot of clowns in my industry, jealousy and negativity. I swerve them.' Joshua, a Watford native, won the gold medal in the super-heavyweight category at the 2012 London Olympics and another gold at the GB Championships in 2010 in Liverpool.

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