Boxing champion Joshua buys first coach a £95,000 BMW
The star’s first trainer, Sean Murphy of Finchley ABC, encouraged Joshua to concentrate on his boxing at a young age, when it looked like he was being led down a road of petty crime and drugs.
Now, with a lucrative fight against Wladimir Klitschko lined up, Joshua is being touted as potentially being boxing’s first billionaire.
In a new BBC documentary, the boxer drives to his old gym to deliver the BMW. He reveals: “When I was younger I was partying, I was getting into trouble, I had the court cases.
“This was the time I thought, ‘What will I do with myself?’. I’d found boxing while on bail and I had the opportunity to go to Vegas to fight.
“So I told my site manager I would go to Vegas and be back in two weeks.
“He said, ‘Nah, if you’re not here someone else can take your job. You choose what you want to do’. So, I ended up going to Vegas.
“It was at my first boxing club where I learned discipline. How to forget your ego and listen to instructions if you want to achieve things.
“Sean would say, ‘Shut up, get on the bags, stop talking’. He told me to stay focused.
“These guys will always have their door open for me, no matter what. I’ll never forget who has been there when no one was.”
Former mentor Murphy was stunned when Joshua turned up at his gym with the car.
“I’ll be scared to drive it. I remember Josh telling me a long time ago: ‘I’ll look after you’.
“But him just winning a world title is enough for me. I can’t believe it, it’s too nice, thank you. Inside I am jumping up and down.”
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