Olympic medal winner Anthony Joshua 'staying grounded'

19/10/12

Anthony Joshua

Last year, Anthony Joshua was arrested for possessing cannabis with intent to supply.

He was sentenced to a 12-month community order and 100 hours' unpaid work.

Less than 18 months later, the 22-year-old from London won gold at London 2012, taking the last medal of Team GB's record 65 this summer in the super-heavyweight boxing.

He now says he wants to carry on as an amateur at the 2016 Olympics rather than turn professional.

How do you remember your gold medal fight?

Italy's Roberto Cammarelle and Anthony Joshua
Image caption Anthony Joshua beat Italy's Roberto Cammarelle to win his gold medal

"I was in the back of the changing room, I was watching Sparta and 300. It's a Spartans film.

"I'm hearing everyone cheering and roaring and I know that's going to be me within 20 minutes, half an hour, so I've got to perform and get them cheering for me as well.

"I didn't want to shout it out but that's what I was looking for."

You didn't have the easiest of childhoods. At what point did you try to turn your life around?

Anthony Joshua and David Cameron
Image caption Anthony Joshua and David Cameron visit a project in Brazil

"I felt that at the start and then I felt that again when I was given the opportunity to box.

"I looked at it and said, 'This is a real opportunity to gain mass experience and to become the number one super-heavyweight seed in Britain.'

"So I said, 'I'm going to train hard and I'm going to prove myself.' And I really did it. I did it the right way."

Do you think money, fame and success will change you?

Great Britain's medal winners
Image caption Great Britain's medal winners paraded at Wembley before an England qualifier

"I don't think it's going to affect me. The one thing I can pinpoint out of those three is success.

"That's what I'm hungry for, more than the money and the fame. Those things follow.

"Changes are part of life but it's not changing with a big ego.

"I'll always keep my feet on the ground but I'll always change for the better."

What have you done with that gold medal?

"It's stashed away at home. Sometimes I look at it. I polish it with the rest of my medals.

"The Olympic medal does have its own special place. It's really sinking in now that I'm champion."