Joshua Talks His Anxiety Prior To Ruiz Jr
In June of 2019, Anthony Joshua’s entire world fell apart when Andy Ruiz handed him his first professional loss inside Madison Square Garden.
“Now I understand that the good has to come with the bad,” Joshua said to Sky Sports. “It can’t be sunshine forever, there have to be stormy times as well.
“I went through a rough patch but I dealt with it, and it taught me a lot.”
Joshua admits that he battled issues with anxiety and said that education was key in his recovery.
“Absorb as much information as you can. Learn to be an outgoing person so people give you information,” Joshua said.
“Information is key – it used to be reserved for kings and queens but now we have access. Absorb that. It will help you in that anxiety moment because subconsciously there might be one piece of information that gets you through.”
“If you’re someone who makes decisions by yourself, trust in your ability and instinct,” the current unified world heavyweight champion continued. “The mind will play tricks but you have to take control and trust your gut instinct.”
For Joshua his anxiety was triggered by his walks to the ring, saying:”What if I turned around and said: ‘I can’t do this?’ Everybody is there. The opponent is in the ring.”
“You’ve come too far, so you have to just deal with the anxiety… Once you walk down that path you have burned the bridge behind you, so you might as well dominate.”
“I don’t want to be remembered for 10 years then fade out,” he said. “I want to make a mark on eternity.
“Be dedicated to yourself,” Joshua continued. “That’s not about boxing. Have I read? Have I educated myself? Once I’ve ticked those boxes I can walk into work and perform.”
“I listen to a lot of talks or podcasts with insight into how to be strong and stay focused and channel my emotions. I am a sponge that absorbs,” he said.
“Every morning and when I get ready for bed. It plays in the background so subconsciously I take in the information.”