Anthony Joshua, the British boxer and a former world champion, has revealed why he still lives with his mother at the age of 34, insisting that any future partner would struggle to convince him to move out. 

Joshua, who moved back into his mother’s two-bedroom ex-council flat in 2017 after earning an estimated £15 million from defeating Wladimir Klitschko, beat Robert Helenius in August and is on the hunt for his next fight ahead of 2024.

The British boxer while discussing his close relationship with his family with Louis Theroux warned future girlfriends they’ll need to compete with his mum, Yeta Odusanya. ‘I still live with my mum,’ the two-time world champion said.

‘In our culture, we grew up in our own family home, we support our parents. ‘Why am I going to move out and leave my mum by herself, for some girl? Family is the most important thing. ‘When a girl gets with me, she ain’t just marrying me, she’s marrying my family.’

The grounded boxing star, who is not publicly in a relationship, admitted that he likes to keep his personal life private as he cannot live up to the expectations people have of him. He continued: ‘Are we going to dissect everything I say and use it as a narrative to create a story?

That’s why I keep myself to myself. ‘You put all this pressure on yourself to come and be this big star and be perfect.

‘I’m telling you, they’ll pull you down. The higher you are, the bigger the drop.’ Joshua was previously in an on-off relationship with the mother of his child, former school friend Nicole Osbourne, whom he once bought a £500,000 flat not far from his home.