- Anthony Joshua and Zlatan Ibrahimović had a dressing room meeting on Saturday.
- Before Joshua’s bout with Carlos Takam, Ibrahimović gave Joshua words of wisdom.
- He told Joshua to project more self-confidence in his abilities, like he does.
- Ibrahimović later said that Joshua is almost as good at boxing as he is at football.
Heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua overcame a bloody nose to beat Carlos Takam in the tenth round of their world title match on Saturday.
But before the bout, Joshua greeted Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimović in the Principality Stadium’s home dressing room.
As a taekwondo black belt, Ibrahimović has martial arts experience.
But rather than focus on the physical game, the former Sweden striker gave Joshua advice on the mental game — and it was the most Zlatan advice he could give.
“Zlatan loves his boxing and his mindset is phenomenal but he picked me up on something I said after my fight with Wladimir Klitschko earlier in the year,” Joshua told Sky Sports after the fourth defence of his world championship title last weekend.
“He pointed out that I’d said ‘I’m not perfect, but I’m trying’. Then he said ‘No, no no. What you must is say is ‘I am perfect and I’m not trying!'”
Ibrahimović said: “He is not as good at boxing as I am at football… but he’s getting there.”
Joshua will now look at unifying all the heavyweight titles in 2018 and has set his sights on high-profile clashes with WBC champion Deontay Wilder and WBO champion Joseph Parker.