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Looove this lol.

I think this caption is from an interview (which AJ posted to his Snap recently) of Umar Johnson explaining that being a leader/mentor is not just about pouring money into the community. It’s about SHOWING UP in the flesh and genuinely giving a part of yourself in order to positively affect/influence the lives young people that truly matters. I’m sure it comes natural to AJ to feel so connected to that role, being that he was a bit misguided in his youth himself and taken under the wing of coaches in the boxing gym who took a personal interest in mentoring, disciplining and setting him on the right path which ultimately changed his life. AJ most probably wouldn’t be the man that he is today were it not for men like Sean at Finchley ABC and Coach McCracken. So I’m sure that once AJ retires from the sport, taking on an even larger role of guiding the next generation of young fighters will be a major priority to him and something that will bring him a lot of satisfaction and joy. Love.:heart:

I didin't know AJ followed Umar Johnson. I guess Umar goes viral so it's hard not to know who he is. Who is Sean?
 
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^^^ Every word of this.

Boxing is so unimaginably HARD both mentally and physically that I respect any human being who has the courage to lace up a pair of boxing gloves and step inside of a ring. But as you mentioned, Wilder’s been content for so long with doing the bare minimum and getting away with it. So now that the time has come when the bare minimum isn’t nearly good enough where does that leave him?

Professional boxing is a craft where you can’t fake it against the top dogs in the division...if the ring IQ and skill set isn’t at an elite level, at some point you will be exposed. And Wilder learned that the hard way on February 22, so again where does he go from here? How does Wilder mentally recondition and physically refashion/rebuild his entire fight game from the ground up at age 35 with over 40 fights under his belt?

I’m not saying that it’s impossible, I mean anything’s possible...but it’s a pretty TALL order...and in Wilder refusing to see the rematch with Fury through he’s shown the world that he just doesn’t have it in him. Which is a shame for his fan base, because as you said, he was pretty much all they had. But who knows what the future holds.

Right, some people say the Nigerian Eja is like a Wilder but we get to see him developing unlike Wilder who didn't have his fights on TV apparently back then. Oh yeah, there's a heavyweight I think Michel Coffee he' kinda old so he needs to push to see if he can get a title bout. He got into boxing late. He went viral for a KO I'm sure I posted some weeks ago.
 
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Looks like everyone’s hunch, including yours Mik, was correct about Saudi lol.

I saw a couple of IG posts yesterday stating definitively that Joshua and Fury’s camps had come to an agreement...so this must be what those posts were eluding to. This fight is going to be HUGE, I’m sooo excited...but most of all I’m thrilled for my Champ. Undisputed is everything that AJ’s been wanting and working toward for a very long time. And I can’t wait to see him hold that WBC strap in the air. :heart:
 
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I didin't know AJ followed Umar Johnson. I guess Umar goes viral so it's hard not to know who he is. Who is Sean?
I wasn’t aware that AJ knew of Dr. Umar Johnson either, but as you mentioned Johnson’s pretty popular as he has some very radical and controversial views that definitely go viral quite a bit. I don’t agree with everything that Johnson says lol, but what he stated in the interview AJ posted about giving of oneself to the community and not simply writing a check is spot on.

The Sean I referred to in my comment is Sean Murphy, AJ’s first boxing coach at Finchley ABC, which is the boxing gym that AJ still trains in on a daily basis. When he officially goes into training camp, he trains at the Olympic training center in Sheffield, I think...but day-in and day-out he’s at Finchley ABC with his DAY ONE’s. You know AJ, it seems to matter to him none that he’s a whole global superstar lol. He keeps it simple, grassroots and is very true/loyal to his people and his process.

That’s just who he is. And I hope he always stays that way...it’s one of the things I most love and admire about him.
 
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Looks like everyone’s hunch, including yours Mik, was correct about Saudi lol.

I saw a couple of IG posts yesterday stating definitively that Joshua and Fury’s camps had come to an agreement...so this must be what those posts were eluding to. This fight is going to be HUGE, I’m sooo excited...but most of all I’m thrilled for my Champ. Undisputed is everything that AJ’s been wanting and working toward for a very long time. And I can’t wait to see him hold that WBC strap in the air. :heart:

It's going to be Epic.
 
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About to watch this now.

I haven’t seen footage of this boy in the gym on any sort of consistent basis for a very long time so I’m going to savor every moment and every inch of this (shirtless) 8 minute interview...:weary_face::joy:.

Seriously I’m DUMB sleepy, my mom held me hostage all day helping her out in her lil dusty garden, so I’m about to pass smooth the hell out and will respond to the rest of your posts tomorrow lol.
 

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