Like Pacquiao, Joshua eyes political career
Anthony Joshua could be set for a career in politics when he hangs his gloves up.
The British-born Nigerian is looking to add the WBO belt to his WBA, IBF and IBO belts in a blockbusting showdown with Joseph Parker in Cardiff on March 31.
And the 28-year-old has revealed his interest in following in the footsteps of Manny Pacquiao and Vitali Klitschko who are now political leaders in their respective countries.
Joshua told Channel 4 news, “I have an interest and I have learnt a lot through boxing in terms of like world matters and what matters to me and what matters to the minority because that’s where I come from.
“I do have a voice but remember I sacrificed education to follow a sporting career.
“So what I say isn’t always going to be facts and my point of view isn’t always going to be from an educational stand point but it will be from a reality – a realistic stand point.
“Because I didn’t go to school I didn’t educate myself, I haven’t been in a classroom, and I’ve been out on the streets with people every day since I was young.
The Olympic champ insists he is not looking to run the country but believes his background and experiences can allow him to make a positive contribution.
Joshua added, “So I do have an interest but I’m not saying I can run the country but I do think that I could have a say.
“I could have an input and I do think young kids coming up in this country should have a more of a say of what’s going on.
“I think that the county’s moving at such a rapid pace that some people that are older have been in power do need young creative minds to kind of influence what is happening in the world and world matters – I do believe that.” Punch