Who is Anthony Joshua?
Success isn’t just about what you accomplish in your life, but it’s about what you inspire others to do, this line has been very well proved by Anthony Joshua who is a British professional boxer. He is a two-time unified heavyweight champion and a silver medalist in the super heavyweight event at the 2011 World Amateur Championships.
Since December 2019, Anthony has held the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight belts, having gone professional in 2013. From 2016 until June 2019, he held the unified heavyweight titles. Anthony is also the first British heavyweight to win an Olympic gold medal and a world championship. Anthony is also the world’s third-best active heavyweight according to BoxRec as of October 2021.
Personal life/Early life
Anthony Joshua was born in Watford, Hertfordshire, England on October 15, 1989. Anthony Oluwafemi Olaseni Joshua is his birth name, and he is British. His mother’s side of the family is Nigerian, hence he comes from a mixed ethnic background. He is of Nigerian and Irish ancestry on his father’s side. Similarly, he is a Christian who belongs to the African-American race. Anthony became 32 years old in 2021, and his zodiac sign is Libra, according to his birthdate. He was born to Robert Joshua, a father, and Yeta Joshua, a mother. Janet, Loretta, Jacob, and Nikita are his four siblings.
When it comes to Anthony’s schooling, he spent a few of his early years in Nigeria, where he joined Mayflower School, a boarding school in Ikenne. When he was 12 years old, his parents split. He returned to the United Kingdom after his parent’s divorce and attended Kings Langley Secondary School. He was born and raised in Garston, Hertfordshire. In school, he was a standout in football and sports, breaking his school’s Year Nine 100 m record with a time of 11.6 seconds.
As we talk about his relationship, Anthony Joshua is a single man. With his previous partner Nicole Osborne, he has a kid named Joseph Bayley Temiloluwa Prince Joshua. In October of 2015, their son was born. In 2017, Joshua was also linked to supermodel Bella Hadid. Neither of them, however, confirmed their relationship.
Anthony said in 2020 that he and his longtime promoter Eddie Hearn, who has promoted him since his professional debut in 2013, “will always have a fantastic bond,” and that they “will always have a great friendship.” He is straight when it comes to sexual orientation.
|Nick Name||AJ, Femi|
|Age||32 Years (as of 2021)|
|Birth Place||Watford, Hertfordshire in England|
|Net Worth||$80 million|
|Height(Approx)||In feets: 6 feet 6 inches
In centimeters: 198 cm
|Weight(Approx)||In kgs: 82 kg
In pounds: 208 cm
|Hair Color||Dark brown|
|Father Name||Robert Joshua|
|Mother Name||Yeta Joshua|
|School||Kings Langley Secondary School|
|Girlfriend||Nicole Osborne, Eddie Hearn|
|Children||Son: Joseph Bayley Temiloluwa|
|Favorite Actor||Will Smith|
|Favorite Actress||Thandie Newton|
|Links||Wikipedia Instagram Facebook Twitter Youtube|
Anthony Joshua began boxing at the age of 18 at Barnet, North London’s Finchley ABC. He won the Haringey Box Cup in 2009 and 2010, as well as senior ABA Championships. He rejected a 50,000 Pound opportunity to become a professional football player. In 2011, he won the ABA Championships and a gold medal in the GB Championships, becoming the first British amateur champion. He also won gold medals in the English National Championships in 2010 and 2011.
After a 40-3 record, he was voted Amateur Boxer of the Year by the Boxing Writers Club of Great Britain in 2011. After beating reigning world and Olympic champion Roberto Cammarelle of Italy at the 2011 World Championships, he catapulted to fame. At the event, he received a silver medal. At the 2012 London Olympics, Joshua defeated reigning Olympic champion and previous two-time world champion Cammarelle to win gold. In the year 2013, Anthony was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for his Olympic victory.
Anthony became professional in 2013 and made his official debut on October 5th under the Matchroom Sport promotional banner. In the first round, he beat Emanuele Leo of Italy. In October 2013, he defeated Paul Butlin, Hrvoje Kisicek, Dorian Darch, Hector Alfredo Avila, Matt Legg, Matt Skelton, and Konstantin Airich. In November 2013, he defeated Paul Butlin, Hrvoje Kisicek, Dorian Darch, Hector Alfredo Avila, Matt Legg, Matt Skelton, and Konstantin Airich. He also fought Dennis Bakhtov to earn the WBC International heavyweight championship in October 2014, when he was only 24 years old. In April 2015, Joshua defeated Jason Gavern and Raphael Zumbano Love, then in May 2015, he defeated Kevin Johnson. In July 2015, he won the vacant Commonwealth heavyweight championship by defeating IBO Intercontinental champion Gary Cornish in under 90 seconds in the first round. In December 2015, he fought Eddie Hearn, another unbeaten boxer, for the vacant British heavyweight title. Hearn, the Commonwealth heavyweight champion at the time, was knocked out in the seventh round by Anthony.
For this battle alone, he received 3 million pounds. In April 2016, he dethroned Charles Martin as IBF heavyweight champion, then contested his world title against Dominic Breazeale in June 2016 and Eric Rivera in November 2016. Joshua won the vacant WBA (Super) championship in April 2017 by defeating Wladimir Klitschko. He is said to have made around 15 million pounds from the battle. The rematch between Anthony and Klitschko was set for November 2017. The rematch was never held as Klitschko retired in August 2017. His fight with Kubrat Pulev is set to take place in October. Pulev’s shoulder injury, however, forced him to withdraw from the fight. Against Takam, Joshua successfully defended his world championships. Joshua’s next opponent was Joseph Parker, who he was set to meet in March 2018. Joshua would earn a career-high 18 million pounds from this bout. He’d already racked up a 19-0 record. The fight was one of Joshua’s most difficult since it lasted twelve rounds.
Parker’s WBO heavyweight championship was won by Joshua through a majority decision. On March 2, 2020, it was confirmed that Joshua would defend his heavyweight championships against Pulev (28-1, 14 KOs). On the 17th of May 2021, Tyson Fury declared on social media that he and Joshua would fight on the 14th of August 2021 in Saudi Arabia. However, Anthony and Fury’s camps were unable to negotiate a deal, and the WBO said on May 22nd that Joshua would have to fight Usyk, with an agreement in place by May 31st. On the 20th of July 2021, an official statement was made, confirming that Joshua and Usyk will fight on September 25th at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Anthony was accused of racism for saying “show them where it hurts, abstain from investing your time in their stores and economies, and invest in black-owned enterprises” at a Black Lives Matter rally in Watford in June 2020. Some people mistook this as a call to boycott white businesses.
He responded by claiming that the speech was not his own and that he had simply read it on behalf of a buddy. “If you believe I’m a racist, go screw yourself,” he said.
In 2009, Anthony Joshua was remanded in Reading Prison. He was required to wear an electronic tag after his release. When police pulled him up in March 2011, he was caught with eight ounces of herbal cannabis and was charged with possession with intent to provide a class B substance.
He pled guilty and received a 12-month suspension from the British Boxing team, as well as a community order and 100 hours of unpaid work.
Wealth and Net Worth
Anthony Joshua is not only one of the most popular boxers of his time, but he is also one of the world’s highest-paid athletes, earning more than $50 million each year. As of 2022, he has an estimated net worth of $80 million. Anthony is said to have made $100 million with his December 2019 rematch with Ruiz. Contracts and endorsements supplement his fighting revenue.
He also has sponsorship agreements with Under Armour, BXR, Texo Scaffolding, Beats, Lynx, Sky Sports, Jaguar, EQ, StubHub, and Lucozade Sport. His current net worth is believed to be $90 million.
This eminent personality, Anthony was born on 15 October 1989 and has turned 32 years old as of 2021. He is blessed with an attractive personality which is enhanced by his dark brown hair and black eyes. His height is 6 feet and 6 inches which is 198 centimeters.
He follows a regular diet to keep himself healthy with a weight of 82 kg or 208 lbs. His body measurements are 39 inches chest, 18 inches biceps, and 37 inches waist approximately.
Some Amazing Facts at A Glance About Anthony Joshua:
- Since 2014, BoxRec has placed him among the top 10 heavyweights in the world, and he was named No. 1 at the end of 2016 and 2017.
- Joshua was sent on remand at Reading Prison in 2009 for “fighting and other stupid stuff,” as he recalls it. When he was released, he was required to wear an electronic tag on his ankle.
- Joshua picked Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson, Larry Holmes, Lennox Lewis, and Evander Holyfield as his top five heavyweight fighters of all time in an interview with iFL TV in July 2014.
- His zodiac sign is Libra.
- Ben Ileyemi, his cousin, is also a professional boxer.