How addiction nearly derailed Anthony Joshua’s career

Photo: Complex
Photo: Complex

Anthony Joshua has admitted that a certain habit almost cost him his boxing career.

It has emerged that AJ was addicted to FIFA, to the point it affected his sleep and recovery during crucial times in his development as a boxer.

The 26-year-old, who is undefeated after wins over the likes of Wladimir Klitschko and Carlos Takam, said that he almost derailed his career in boxing thanks to his unhealthy addiction to FIFA.

“I used to play FIFA until it affected boxing. I had to stop playing because it affected my sleep and recovery. I could stay up till five in the morning playing it, get up at seven and train. That’s how mad it was, it wasn’t healthy,” he told The Sun.

It was revealed last year that FIFA Ultimate Team packs could be banned as they are considered gambling.

Spending money on FIFA and spending money on gambling could be seen as just as addictive as each other and according to the Belgian gambling commission ‘loot boxes’ like those used in Overwatch and Star Wars Battlefront II are gambling.

“The mixing of money and addiction is gambling.”

Of course, Ultimate Team packs would come under a similar umbrella with players not knowing what is coming in each pack.

Belgium’s Minister of Justice Koen Geens agreed with the verdict of the gambling commission adding, “Mixing gambling and gaming, especially at a young age, is dangerous for the mental health of the child.”

Geens hopes to work with the European Union authorities to try and ban games from making money off punters by selling the chance to improve in the game in exchange for money.

The news could also come as a blow to mobile gaming which often relies on the potential revenue that exits by people buying in game purchases, although it is the random nature of ‘loot boxes’ that make them gambling.

The Belgians have support from further afield too with Hawaii politician Chris Lee describing the Star Wars game as a “Star Wars-themed online casino, designed to lure kids into spending money.”

© Sport Bible


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