Anthony Oluwafemi Olaseni Joshua, OBE is a British professional boxer of Nigerian descent. He was for three years the unified world heavyweight champion, holding the WBA, IBF and WBO titles between 2016 and 2019.
Anthony Joshua Biography
Anthony Joshua was born on the 15th of October, 1989 in Watford. His British father, Robert Joshua is half-Nigerian and half-Irish while his mother Yeta Odusanya is a Nigerian.
Anthony has three siblings named Janet, Loretta and Jacob. Some part of Anthony Joshua’s childhood was spent in Nigeria where he was sent to boarding school in a bid to stop him drinking, taking drugs and also engaging in petty crime.
After a single term in boarding school in Nigeria, Anthony returned to the UK. He enrolled at Kings Langley Secondary School to continue his education.
Anthony Joshua while in school engaged in sporting activities like football and track and excelled at them. In fact, he held records in the 100m sprint as a child, breaking the year 9 record with his time of 11.6 sec.
He progressed also in football and even had trials with Charlton Athletic but his football career came to an end after he attacked an opponent and was warned.
Anthony Joshua took to boxing following the advice of his cousin, and what a turning point that proved to be in his life.
Amateur Boxing Career
At the age of 18, Anthony Joshua became an amateur boxer. His boxing career was kick started when he joined the club, Finchley ABC in Barnet, North London.
In 2009, Joshua won his first Haringey Box Cup which he quickly followed up with the senior ABA Championship in 2010.
Following his success in 2010, he was offered the sum of $70 thousand to turn professional that same year but Anthony declined. Also in 2010, Anthony Joshua won the GB Amateur Boxing Championships.
The following year which is 2011, he was named Amateur Boxer of the Year by the Boxing Writers Club. At the World Championships of 2011, Joshua won silver but finally struck gold the following year when he won gold at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games which held in London.
Professional Boxing Career
After his Olympics success of 2012, Joshua became a professional boxer in summer 2013. For his first professional fight, he squared up with Italy’s Emanuele Leo on the 5th of October, 2013 at the o2 Arena in London.
Joshua won in the first round by Technical Knock Out (TKO). He continued to fall opponent after opponent and by 2014, his record stood at 9-0 following his victory over Russia’s Denis Bakhtov for the WBC International Heavyweight Title.
The Commonwealth heavyweight title came next in September 2015 and three months later, Joshua added the British heavyweight title. He held the titles between 2014 and 2016.
His biggest fight till date was against Wladimir Klitschko on the 29th of April 2017 at the Wembley stadium in London. The fight attracted a record post-war attendance of 90,000.
The chance to become the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world was at stake as Joshua’s IBF heavyweight title and vacant WBA (Super) and IBO heavyweight titles were on the line.
Joshua emerged victorious, conjuring victory via Technical Knock Out (TKO) in the 11th round. The much older Klitschko then 41, announced his exit from the sport few months later to put an end to a glorious career.
The fight was named Fight of the Year by The Ring and the Boxing Writers Association of America. In September 2018, Anthony Joshua delivered a 7th round knockout victory over Russian Alexander Povetkin.
His next fight was billed to be against Jared Miller but unfortunately Miller failed a drug test and was stripped of his boxing license so the match with Joshua could not proceed as Planned.
Another boxer was drafted in to replace Miller and his name is Andy Ruiz Jr. Read more about Anthony Joshua vs Andy Ruiz Jr. below.
Anthony Joshua vs Andy Ruiz Jr.
Mexican-American heavyweight boxer, Andy Ruiz Jr. was a late replacement for Jared Miller in the Joshua fight. Miller failed a drugs test and could not take to the ring against Joshua as planned.
Ruiz Jr. though was a recognized fighter in the division and was ranked 14th before the fight against Joshua, there was very little doubt Joshua would floor him. Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jr. The bout took place on the 1st of June, 2019, at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
It was Anthony Joshua’s first professional fight outside of the UK. By the end of the night, the entire world was stunned. Andy Ruiz Jr. battered Anthony Joshua to emerge victorious at odds as high as 1-25.
He stopped Anthony Joshua in the 7th round by Technical Knock Out (TKO). It is one of the most stunning upsets in the history of boxing. Ruiz Jr. also took all three titles in the hands of Joshua off him with that defeat to emerge as the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.
He is the first ever Mexican to be so decorated. A rematch of the fight between Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jr. is scheduled to take place later this year either in November or December.
Following his defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr., Anthony Joshua’s boxing record stands at 23 fights, 22 wins (21 knock outs) and 1 defeat.
Anthony Joshua Net Worth
Anthony Joshua has fought some big fights so far in his career with his fight against Wladimir Klitschko the biggest so far. From that fight he is said to have pocketed around £30 million.
His net worth is currently estimated to be around $40 Million. He is well liked by top brands and is constantly sought out for endorsement deals.
Some companies to have sponsored Joshua over the years includes Under Armor, Jaguar, Texo Scaffolding, BXR, Sky Sports, Lucozade Sport, Beats, StubHub, Lynx, Audemars Piguet, EQ, Dafabet, Altitude Mask, Bulk Powders, JD, Hugo Boss, William Hill and Globacom.
Anthony Joshua is a great fighter who is set to dominate the heavyweight division for years to come. His setback against Andy Ruiz Jr. will only spur him on to achieve more success in his career.