Anthony Joshua's mother reveals the agony of watching her son fight as she gives intimate glimpse of the world champion's modest life outside the ring

Anthony Joshua's mother has given a rare interview about raising the heavyweight champion of the world, in which she calls her son 'a blessing'.
The boxer's mother Yeta Odusanya, 51, recalled her astonishment when one of Joshua's early trainers told her that her son would one day be the champion of the world, and how she thought to herself: 'What is he talking about?' 
With visible pride, Yeta told how much he 'inspires' everyone in her family, not just the younger generation.

She appears in new documentary The Fight Of My Life, filmed ahead of her son's career-changing fight against Wladimir Klitschko in April this year, in which she revealed she's only attended two of his matches because she finds it 'too emotional' to watch Anthony's punishing bouts. 
The cameras followed Yeta as she surprised an emotional Anthony with a family party just days before the big fight, to demonstrate just how proud she is of her son, who she said 'doesn't ask us for anything'. 

The mother and son have always had a close relationship, but have been notoriously protective of their privacy. 
Joshua even moved back into his mum's North London council flat after the Klitschko fight, despite earning a staggering £15million from the event.
In the film he says that his mother 'doesn't understand' boxing but is happy that it has taught him a lot.
She said: 'I saw the changes in him. the dedication the hard work and all that. No one wants to see their son in a fight. I've only been to two, it's just too emotional and very nerve-wracking and as a mum you feel for your child.'

Yeta also recalled an incident when one of Joshua's early trainers telling her that her son was destined to be a top level boxer.
'I remember one of the trainers dropped him off at home and said ''You know what mum, your son is gonna be a world champion one day.''
'And I was kind of like ''What is he talking about?'''
The film sees the family lavish the boxer with cards, cake and presents as he spends quality time with his young son before the match.
Yeta told him on camera: 'We love you very much and we're proud of you,' while the family embrace one another at the party.
Joshua admitted he was finding it hard to relax before the event, saying he'd been in a 'mental battle' in the days leading up to it.
He said: 'I don't want to get so excited that the jar gets too full and starts to explode before I've even had the fight. I'm just trying to stay calm but sometimes when I'm lying in bed I can't sleep. 
'I'm just thinking about it like ''I can't wait to perform, it's gonna be sick'' but it's just another day, I've got to see it as another day. 
'You're constantly in a mental battle like ''Do I stay relaxed? Do I just enjoy this moment?'' Because of what it is so you're in a mental battle to deal with this type of occasion.'
The moving film also saw Joshua reveal his desire to remain a normal person, while also being someone that his fans can look up to.
'I don't want to be a boxer that's so detached from the public that people think ''yeah he's good, but I don't think I can achieve that". 
'I want people to feel like they can achieve it, because "he's still a local kid he's still a local boy. If I pop to Finchley I know I can bump into him and get ten minutes of his time, some advice."'