ANTHONY JOSHUA is taking inspiration from Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson before his Cardiff clash with Carlos Takam.
The WBA and IBF heavyweight champ puts his titles on the line at the Principality Stadium in front of 78,000 fans tonight.
But Joshua, 28, says a chat with former United defender Rio Ferdinand has taught him how to get the winning mentality.
Joshua said: “I was speaking to Rio Ferdinand and that’s what he was saying, the mindset years ago at Manchester United was, ‘What’s next?’.
“He said he would win a big game and everyone would be celebrating and he would be speaking to the gaffer and saying, ‘What’s next, who have we got?’.
“The mind set was to keep pushing on.
“That’s the next game, what’s the next trophy. That’s the winning mind set Sir Alex Ferguson instilled in them.
“That mind set is not just in boxing, it’s in football, tennis, business. It’s just who I am.
“That winning mentality is just me in life.”
Fergie is arguably the greatest manager of all time with 49 career trophies while Ferdinand won six league titles, two League Cups and the Champions League during his Old Trafford career.
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