Despite winning record-breaking 18 million euros for beating Wladimir Klitschko, world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua has moved back into his mother’s 2-bedroon ex-council flat in North London.
The humble boxer had been staying in a plush villa in St John’s Wood, north-west London, for which he reportedly paid 100,000 euros per month, before his Wembley mega-fight.
But he is refusing to get carried away with his wealth and loves nothing more than spending time with his mum, 51-year-old Yeta Odusanya.
The 27-year-old is determined to settle back into normal life and is keen to get away from the spotlight despite the cameras following his every move.
The heavyweight sensation has always made clear the importance of his family and banned his mum from attending the recent heavyweight showdown at Wembley.
He joked: “I’ve banned her. It’s not a place where you want to see your kid, I don’t think, at a fight.
“My dad can watch it, but not my mum.”
Yeta said before the match: “I still can’t watch his fights, I get really nervous and I do worry about him.”
In an interview with a Nigerian sports journalist, Oma Akatugba, at an event before his bout with Klitschko, Joshua said the secret behind his success was pounded yam and egusi (soup prepared with melon seeds).
He was responding to a question about how he associated with Nigeria despite living in the United Kingdom, Joshua said, ‘‘I’m going to give away my secret but that is the pounded yam, eba (and) egushi (soup), that’s the secret of the success.’‘
Meanwhile, defeated Klitschko has called for a rematch.
The big Ukrainian, who was floored in the 11th round by Joshua at Wembley, has admitted he is “interested” in taking on the new IBF, WBA and IBO champ immediately.
Joshua and his promoters are yet to respond to Klitschko’s challenge.