Joshua Admits “King Of Steroids” Remark Irked Him
When asked about his reaction to WBO champion Joseph Parker calling him the “King of steroids,” IBF, IBO, WBA heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua admitted it got under his skin.
During the lead up to the fight, Parker and his team have made it their goal to irk the top British boxer, with Joshua claiming that Parker’s team has made similar accusations before.
When Parker made the statements, his own promoter David Higgins came out and tried to throw water on the situation – stating that he didn’t agree with the statements.
“Three times it’s happened,” Joshua said to The Guardian.
“If you want to use it as a PR stunt carry on using it as a PR stunt, but let’s just talk about facts if you want to talk real. It gets under my skin. If he’s better than me, quicker than me, tougher than me, it will take a lot to put me away because I won’t stop coming.”
Joshua says that not only is he tested by UK Anti-Doping, he’s also been tested by VADA [Voluntary Anti-Doping Association].
“I give them a slot and they can turn up anywhere, if I’m on holiday, at a hotel, at a club,” Joshua said. “I just text them and say I’m going to be here. You have to let them know. I normally give them the time when I’m going to be in the gym training for the opportunity.”
In his last bout, which takes place in October at Principality, Joshua stopped mandatory challenger Carlos Takam in the tenth round of action. On the other end, Parker was last seen in September, when he traveled over to Manchester and won a twelve round unanimous decision over mandatory challenger Hughie Fury, who is the cousin of Tyson Fury.