Coming from a family of Nigerian descent, he spent his preschool childhood in his historical homeland, after which he returned to his native Watford, a British town with two typical hobbies for young people – football and crime. At the end of school, the young man got a job at a brick factory and did not really think about the prospects in sports.
Anthony Joshua Biography
But at 17, the future champion moved to London, fell under the wing of cousin Ben Lleymi, who saw Anthony’s prospects, and began to train hard. For a couple of years, the young talent knocked the spirit out of various “beer champions” until he met a worthy and fateful opponent. Former kickboxer Dillian White fought his first amateur boxing fight in 2008, but managed to defeat Anthony Oluwafemi Olaseni Joshua, albeit only on points. Much later, in 2015, the loser will take an impressive, albeit scandalous revenge.
However, a lot of interesting things happened between the two fights with White. When in 2011 Joshua knocked out one of the best local amateur boxers Joseph Joyce in the first round, sports officials considered him Olympic prospects. At the European Championships, the Briton lost due to poor physical shape, in the final of the World Championships in Baku he was condemned – after all, the rival was the local favorite Magomed Majidov. But at the 2012 home Olympics in London, Anthony took gold, although the final fight with Roberto Cammarelle turned out to be equal, and the decision of the judges to give the victory to a non-Italian is still considered controversial by some.
Joshua vs. Molina
A pass to the elite club for the Watford native was supposed to be a duel with the legendary Wladimir Klitschko. The titled, but 13-year-old senior, the Ukrainian lost even his former outstanding speed, which was previously clearly demonstrated by Tyson Fury. So it was difficult to guess the best moment for the fight for the unification of the championship belts.
On the evening of April 29, 2017, Joshua didn’t even have to run back and forth 12 rounds from the rare punches of the younger brother to win on points – he himself finished off the veteran in the eleventh and actually ended one of the most outstanding careers in professional boxing. Although some talk about revenge to this day. However, there will be no revenge. Wladimir Klitschko is a great champion, but his best years are behind him, he understands this himself – and in a fight with Joshua he risked, attacked, opened and even knocked Joshua down, but youth won over experience.
He became only the second Briton after Lennox Lewis to become world champion after Olympic gold. In addition, the Watford native is involved in two attendance records – at the stadium (90 thousand in the fight with Klitschko at Wembley) and indoors (70 thousand in Cardiff against Carlos Takam six months later).
Joshua himself expects new challenges, and his team is considering candidates for future rivals, including Ukrainian Alexander Usik. Do not consider the victory over the “doping knight” Povetkin a serious test, in fact. Joshua’s next fight is scheduled for April 13, 2019, the opponent’s place is vacant.
|Real Name||Anthony Oluwafemi Olaseni Joshua|
|Age||31 Year Old|
|Date Of Birth||15 October 1989|
|Birth Place||Watford, Hertfordshire, England|
|Profession||British professional boxer|
|Father name||Robert Joshua|
|Mother name||Yeta Odusanya|
|Brother name||Jacob Joshua|
|Best Friend Name||–|
|Height||6 ft 6 in (198 cm)|
|Dress Size||18 (US) (approximate)|
|Weight||82 in (208 cm)|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
|Chest Size||42 cm (approximate)|
|Waist Size||42 cm (approximate)|
|Biceps Size||18 cm (approximate)|
|Shoe Size||9 (US) (approximate)|
|Are you married ?||No|
|Is he Gay||No|
|Any Affair||In a relationship|
|Girl Friend Name||Nicole Osbourne|
|Ex- Girl Friend Name||Eddie Hear|
- Anthony Oluwafemi Olaseni Joshua is in a relationship. His girlfriend’s name is Eddie Hearn.
Joshua vs. Breazeale
After signing a contract with the promoter Eddie Hearn in 2013, Joshua followed the “Usyk path” for the first couple of years as a pro: opponents were picked for him obviously weaker and unable to hold out more than three or four rounds. Stuffing beautiful win-win statistics continued even after their Pay TV debut. In fact, the first problem for the new heavyweight star was created by the eternal antagonist White, whom he managed to finish off only in the seventh round – by that time, the Olympic champion had won 14 of 14 professional fights.
- His Net worth around £115 million.
World Heavyweight Champion
Anthony Oluwafemi Olaseni Joshua, as the world heavyweight champion in three main versions – IBO, WBO and IBF – was considered the leader of the heavyweight division and everyone was waiting for his fight with Deontm Wilder in order to understand who is the strongest. For this reason, the fight against Mexican priest Andy Ruiz Jr. was considered a passing fight. However, everything turned out differently – on July 1, the magnificent Joshua was brutally beaten by a boxer with a huge belly and obvious overweight. Joshua went through three knockdowns and ended the fight early and in disgrace. And Ruiz became the new heavyweight champion of the world.
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