The next Anthony Joshua? Delicious Orie shrugs off the pressure at the Commonwealth Games | boxing news

Delicious Orie has already been described as the next Anthony Joshua. The weight of expectation on his shoulders will only grow if he wins the Commonwealth Games in his hometown of Birmingham.

Joshua, an Olympic gold medalist before becoming world heavyweight champion and boxing superstar, inspired Orie to take up the sport. He has followed in Joshua’s footsteps to become the number one super heavyweight in the GB program and is targeting the 2024 Olympics in Paris.

At Birmingham 2022, Orie will have to shrug off the pressure that comes with being touted as the next Joshua.

“Initially I was inspired by Anthony Joshua. It was something I wanted to be, I wanted to emulate that. So I kind of expected that. It’s not really a surprise to me because I ‘ve worked so hard to be able to achieve these things,” Orie said. sky sports.

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“There will be pressure there, don’t get me wrong, but I feel like all athletes, top athletes, go through that pressure and that’s what differentiates them from others. C is to be able to handle the pressure and perform at a high level.” level.”

He also intends to chart his own course and continue to develop his own style of boxing.

“I’m starting to feel that myself. I boxed competitively between five and six years old and I can feel I’m creating my own style which suits me and obviously I’m going to compete all over Europe with boxing. GB helped me a lot,” Orie said.

This competition starts for him on Thursday when he has his opening match against Nigel Paul of Trinidad and Tobago.

“When we’re in the ring, nothing changes. You have to stick to the game plan and get that win,” Orie said. “I stick to the game plan, do the work and celebrate afterwards and soak up the experience beforehand.”

Fluent in Russian, Orie was born in a town near Moscow and moved to Birmingham with his parents when he was a young child. He is extremely proud to represent England in the Commonwealth Games boxing tournament at a venue five minutes from the university where he studied and 20 minutes from his home.

The atmosphere, he is sure, will be electric, especially if he reaches the final of 92+kgs. “It’s really exciting to have him here. Friends and family have no excuse not to come,” Orie said.

“A lot of support. Especially in the final, I know it’s going to be packed. I know there won’t be any space at all. So it’s definitely going to be an evening to remember. It’s the final where I want to be but I’m going step by step.

“I’d like to say I’m mentally prepared for this, in terms of crowds, encouragement and support, but it’s something I’ve never experienced before.

“I will never forget that moment.”

It will be a far cry from the last time he boxed in the UK. It was at nearby Cannock in 2019 when he boxed for England v Scotland against heavyweight Nick Campbell, who is now a pro.

“It was one of our many fights that we had together. I think it was our fourth and last fight, and the fourth time I beat him. It was the last time I boxed in England. It’s a long time, it’s a very long time. [the Commonwealths] not just in England, it could have been anywhere it could have been in London, it could have been in the North but no it’s here in Birmingham so it’s really exciting.

“This event is something I will be coming back to for many, many years.”

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It is favorite to win gold in Birmingham but, under the guidance of Frazer Clarke, Olympic bronze medalist and former Commonwealth Games gold medalist, treats it as “the toughest tournament and the toughest tournament at you participated”.

“It pushes you in the camp and makes sure you don’t miss anything in training,” explained Orie. “That’s the mentality I had towards it.”

Clarke was his “mentor” for this competition.

“With me and Frazer we talked about these Commonwealth Games, these specific Commonwealths before the Olympics,” Orie said.

“He was telling me how many opportunities these Games would provide and how many opportunities it would provide for him and he was saying the fact that I have it here in my hometown, I couldn’t be in a better position.

“I got a lot of advice from Fraze. I’m going to replicate what he did at the Commonwealth Games when he won the gold medal.”

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