By Mark Staniforth, Press Association
Published: 22:25 GMT, 2 December 2019 | Updated: 07:27 GMT, 3 December 2019
Anthony Joshua has revealed how his boxing career almost went up in smoke following a drugs conviction in 2011 - and how a subsequent painful loss rekindled his passion for the sport.
Joshua is completing preparations for the so-called 'Clash on the Dunes' in Diriyah as he looks to regain the world heavyweight titles and reverse his stunning loss to Andy Ruiz Jr in June.
The 30-year-old was initially kicked off the Great Britain squad after admitting possession of cannabis - then suffered a stoppage defeat to Mihai Nistor at the European Championships within weeks of being invited back.
Anthony Joshua has revealed how he came back form a drugs conviction to achieve glory
Joshua told the PA news agency: 'After I got kicked off the GB squad I went back to Watford and started smoking again and tried to forget all about boxing. I thought - and I could use different language - "This is nonsense".
'Then two weeks