Anthony Joshua has revealed Zlatan Ibrahimovic told him to have more self belief
Anthony Joshua stopped Carlos Takam in the 10th round in Cardiff’s Principality Stadium on Saturday night.
Prior to the fight, the heavyweight champion was paid a visit by fellow sporting giant Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
The pair were snapped exchanging a few words and posed for photos along with former WBC cruiserweight champ Tony Bellew.
And Joshua has revealed the Manchester United striker gave him a mental pep talk that only the 36-year-old could have provided.
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“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.
“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.
“I thought this guy’s mindset is phenomenal.”
After the encounter Ibrahimovic shared a photo of the pair chatting on Twitter and did not hold back with the caption.
— Zlatan Ibrahimović (@Ibra_official) October 30, 2017
“We are perfect and we are not trying, Anthony Joshua,” he wrote.
The striker is renowned for his blasé comments and delighted fans last week when he jokingly referred to himself as God.
When asked by Thierry Henry why he was not on United’s mural at their training ground, he replied: “It's coming next year.
"You know why? [I'm not on the wall] because they still don't know how God is looking."