If you follow boxing, Anthony Joshua is a not a name unknown. Born on 15th October 1989, Anthony is a professional boxer in Britain. He is also referred to be the unified world heavyweight champion, after he won the IBF title in 2016, WBA (Super) and IBO in 2017.
Anthony Joshua represented his country and won a silver medal in 2011 World Championship. He represented Britain as an amateur in 2012 Olympics and won the gold medal for super-heavyweight category. He had also won Commonwealth and British heavyweight titles in the years 2015 and 2016.
After his recent accomplishments, he ranks as the world’s best heavyweight, according to BoxRec and Transnational Boxing Rankings Board. The Ring Magazine had mentioned that he is the second best in the world.
After James DeGale, Joshua was the next to win a gold medal in Olympics (from Britain) and also the world title by a professional organization. He is the first ever British heavyweight to be titled so. After Joe Frazier, Joshua got this title and he was also the Olympic champion with the top weight.
Anthony Joshua’s mother is Nigerian and father is British from Irish and Nigerian descent. Anthony specifically belongs to the Yoruba descent, and he was born in Watford. The famous professional boxer Ben lleyemi is his cousin, and both of them debuted in 2013.
Joshua was briefly in Nigeria during his early life, after which he came back to the UK and joined Kings Langley Secondary School. His friends and teachers used to call him Femi, deriving from his middle name Oluwafemi.
At the earliest, he was good in athletics and football. He broke a 100 m record of Year Nine by completing it in 11.6 seconds. Joshua started late at boxing because he was 18 when Ben suggested him to pursue it. Joshua started boxing and he soon won the Haringey Box Cup for 2009 and 2010. He then went on to winning the ABA Championships by the end of 2010.
His successes in 2010 led him to get a place in the GB Boxing team, and he went on to becoming the British amateur champion at GB Amateur Boxing Championships. He again won ABA Championships in 2011, and then went onto performing at the 2011 European Amateur Boxing Championships. Here he did beat Cathal McMonagle and Eric Berechlin, but couldn’t beat Mihai Nistor. By the end of 2011, Joshua was known to the Amateur Boxer of the Year according to Boxing Writers Club in Great Britain. His record at that time was 40-3.
The world of boxing was anxious as Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko had a face off at Wembley on 29th of April 2017. They had 11 dramatic rounds after which Joshua stopped the battle and won. It is said to be most epic boxing fights ever seen in Wembley. Wladimir Klitschko admits to having had some technical errors and appreciated the fair game and win by Joshua.