ANTHONY JOSHUA was all smiles ahead of his fight with Oleksandr Usyk as he remarked: ‘When I was dead broke, man, I couldn’t picture this’.
The unified champion is set to defend his crown against mandatory challenger Usyk on September 25 in London.
It will be Joshua’s 11th-straight world title fight and potentially in front of over 60,000 fans at Tottenham’s stadium.
AJ, boxing’s second-highest-paid star behind only Canelo Alvarez, was clearly enjoying the fruits of his labour with a fancy meal in his latest Instagram post.
And referencing The Notorious B.I.G’s 1994 classic ‘Juicy’, Joshua, 31, paid homage to his rise to the top of the heavyweight division.
He captioned the picture: “Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis, when I was dead broke, man, I couldn’t picture this.”
Joshua, who has an estimated net worth of £115million, was ordered by the WBO to face Usyk, 34, after his unification with Tyson Fury collapsed.
The Brits had agreed terms for a first-ever, four-belt heavyweight undisputed title decider.
But Fury, 32, had tried to walk away from a contracted trilogy bout with Deontay Wilder, 35, who took the dispute to arbitration.
Wilder, was later awarded the right to fight his heavyweight rival again, setting up a second rematch on July 24 in Las Vegas.
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It means Joshua has another opponent and hurdle in the way of preventing him from boxing for all the marbles, as he tipped Fury to beat Wilder.
Joshua told talkSPORT, he said: “I don’t mind, I don’t mind.
“But Fury won the last one so I’ll go with Fury because you’re only as good as your last performance. Good luck to them both.”