Two-time heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua has opened up on his decision to confront some students who disrespected him during a visit to Loughborough University.
The former world heavyweight champion is currently training for a rematch with Oleksandr Usyk in Saudi Arabia.
Before travelling to Saudi, AJ spent time at the campus practicing. During his stay, some students criticized him for not fighting fellow Brit Tyson Fury.
The former Olympic gold medallist changed tactics for his upcoming fight, recruiting experienced trainer Robert Garcia.
The appointment of Garcia was followed by switching his training centre from Sheffield to Loughborough University, and that is where he recently confronted those students who mocked him.
Addressing the incident, Joshua shows some regret but is ultimately happy with his decision to threaten those shouting abuses.
He told JD Sports about the incident as part of his continued ‘Road to Undisputed’ campaign, “I told the guys, listen, I’m here to work, I’m not here to play games.
“I’ve shown you the ultimate respect since I’ve been here. If you lot want to start going down this path of trading words and trading whatever it’s fine with me.
“I’m going to ask you; how would you like it if I break your jaw?
“I didn’t want to address it like that. But I did really feel bad for any other students that those guys do that to that don’t have the courage to address them and tell them that’s wrong what you’re doing.
“I wanted to speak to them and address them. The questions I asked, ‘how would you like it if I said certain things?’”
On the challenge of winning his titles back for a second time, Joshua admits he got it wrong the first time around.
“The fight with Usyk, he busted my a** for some rounds. I have to take that defeat like a man as well. I hold myself accountable,” said AJ.
“I’m someone who can admit when I’m wrong and hold my head high when I’m right. In the fight last September, he was right, and I was wrong.