Ahead of Saturday’s big fight, IBF champion, Anthony Joshua has asked his mother not to attend the biggest challenge of his life with former unified champion Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley.
Joshua’s mum, Yeta Odusanya, will not be one of the 90,000 people watching inside the stadium because Joshua does not want the added distraction of a worrying mother on fight night.
His father, Robert, however, will be ringside to support his son as the world waits to see if the IBF king is good enough to tame Klitschko.
“My old man will be there again, but I don’t really let my mum come to my fights,” said Joshua.
“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.
“She is confident enough in me to watch, but I would rather she not be there.
“One of my cousins will call her after the fight.”
Yeta has not attended any of Joshua’s fights since his London Olympics 2012 gold medal triumph.
The WBA title is also on the line with Joshua aiming to become an overnight legend and Klitschko targeting a return to the top after defeat to Tyson Fury in 2015.
Klitschko faces the undefeated Joshua and will aim to become the first fighter to stop the 27-year-old and avoid a knockout.
The fight is set to break records for a bout on British soil with an unprecedented 90,000 tickets sold for the mega-clash.
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