Exclusive: Forget dating! I'm 'married to boxing' says Anthony Joshua

"I don’t really do dates, I am not really interested in it. I am much more in to just being in relaxed situations and developing friendships."

World heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua has opened up on his love life, as he revealed his sporting career is making it tough for him to find time for dating.

Joshua was speaking at Peperami Chicken Bites campaign, as he was quizzed on his life out of the ring and his desire to find the perfect life partner.

Do you often date, when was your last date and how have you found the dating scene in lockdown?

The honest answer is I don't really date. My last date was in the boxing gym…with boxing, I am married to boxing really.

I don't really do dates, I am not really interested in it. I am much more in to just being in relaxed situations and developing friendships.

I don't think my schedule plays any part in really I just don't put pressure on situations. In terms of kids I guess it is down to the individual circumstances.

What is the way to your heart and would you ever date a non-celeb?

One way is definitely through food, which was a big part of the reason I enjoyed being involved in this campaign.

In terms of qualities I think it's important how people were raised and the values they have. I don't really see myself as a celebrity but you know what, if any celebrities are out there looking I am available hahaha.

I am lucky I have never been in the situation to compromise love for my career.

What would be your perfect date and if you were to go to a restaurant what would you go for?

Like I said I am not a big fan of the date situation but if I was on a date I would find a good local restaurant.

For me no food is off limits, I would just like who I am with to enjoy themselves and eat exactly what they want to. I am definitely not a food snob.

How important is it to you that your date / partner likes the same food as you?

I am not worried about what a date would eat and I have never judged someone on what they were eating.

I am a healthy eater as it's part of my job but it wouldn't really worry me what my partner was eating.

I like all types of food really but when I am training I have to be more careful and regimented in my approach to nutrition."

What is the most memorable first date that you have ever been on? Any bad/embarrassing dating experiences?

A gentleman never tells. No in honesty I can't think of any!

Do you tend to cook at home or would your partner need to do the cooking?

Yes I do cook at home, my family also does a lot of home cooking which is great.

With a partner I wouldn't put that pressure on as my diet is a large part of my job so I wouldn't want to add any pressure on and keep it separate.

I don't really have a go to recipe but given what I learnt on the shoot I think I would be deploying chicken bites for sure.

Anthony Joshua is the current heavyweight champion and is dedicated to the sport
Anthony Joshua is the current heavyweight champion and is dedicated to the sport

How was lockdown for you and did you find a new hobby?

It was tough for everyone and I can't complain as so many people had it really tough.

I locked myself away and made sure I kept on top of my training and nutrition. It was nice to spend a little more quality time with my direct family as I am usually on the road so much.

Yeah the family cooked which was really nice, we have some great chefs in the family. I did find a new hobby, cycling which I have been really enjoying.

Anthony Joshua has been challenged by Peperami Chicken Bites to find love at first bite, taking part in a unique dating experiment that matches the superstar with singletons, based on food preference alone.

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