But he admits his ex-girlfriends’ boyfriends may be struggling with his superstar status.
“I always get sent pictures of the billboards and I just think, any girl I’ve dated, their boyfriend must hate me,” said Joshua. “He’s going in the gym and seeing my face everywhere.”
The poster boy of British boxing defends his IBF and WBA heavyweight titles against Carlos Takam at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on Saturday night.
The 2012 London Olympic gold medallist has become more than just a star of the boxing world since he took up the sport in his late teens.
Unbeaten Joshua, 28, is a bad boy turned good who opted out of a possible life of crime to become one of boxing’s nice guys.
The Watford-born fighter, who moved to Golders Green in London in his teens, says all the right things, stays out of trouble now when not in the ring and is pretty handy inside it with 19 wins and 19 stoppages.
His last one was the explosive 11th-round stoppage of Wladimir Klitschko in front of 90,000 fans at Wembley Stadium in April which further elevated his star status and ensured even more billboards.
Joshua earned £15m for that fight and will earn just shy of that for this one even after Kubrat Pulev pulled out last week with a torn chest muscle.
His sponsors list includes Under Armour, Beats by Dre, Lucozade, Audemars Piguet watches, Lynx and Jaguar amongst others. No other boxer has such a lucrative list.
He has been helped by promoter Eddie Hearn, manager Freddie Cunningham and publicist Andy Bell who have carefully managed every fine detail of his career along with coach Rob McCracken looking after the boxing side.
“Understanding business outside of the ring is so important,” said Joshua. “Tysons, Holyfields and Riddick Bowe – we all know their stories outside the ring which are just as entertaining as the stories inside the ring.
“In the early stages of my career we wanted to get the message across. I’ve always been open about my positives and my negatives.
“Now we are at the stage where we are having a big fight but we’re not thinking ‘We are having a big fight we need to introduce Anthony to the world’.
“Where we’ve been working on it for three or four years before, it’s now not so much of a shock. If it was now… what happens is you win the title and all these opportunities come along. You feel like The Man and you can lose track.”
Source : EXPRESS