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BIOGRAPHY OF ANTHONY OLUWAFEMI OLASENI JOSHUA

Birth

Anthony Joshua was born in Watford on the 15th of october,1989.

Family Background | Early Life

Born to a Nigerian mother Yeta and a father of Nigerian and Irish descent, Robert Joshua. Joshua specifically, is of Yoruba ethnicity.

He grew up and had much of his early years in Ijebu-Ode Nigeria.

Joshua grew up for some of his early years in Nigeria as a boarding school student.

Following his parents’ divorce at age 12, he returned to the UK halfway through Year Seven to join Kings Langley Secondary School.

Growing up on the Meriden Estate in Garston, Hertfordshire, Joshua was fondly called ‘Femi’ by his friends and former teachers, due to his middle name ‘Oluwafemi’.

He excelled at football and athletics and broke the Year Nine 100m record with a time of 11.6 seconds.

Boxing Career | Titles

As a late starter in boxing, he began in 2007, at aged 18, when his cousin suggested he takes it up.

His club, Finchley ABC in Barnet, North London, is also home to professional heavyweight Dereck Chisora.

Joshua won the 2009 and 2010 Haringey Box Cup.

In 2009, Joshua was put on remand in Reading Prison for what he describes as “fighting and other crazy stuff”.

He was made to wear an electronic tag on his ankle when released.

He earned a place on the GB Boxing team in 2010.

Later same year, he became British amateur champion at the GB Amateur Boxing Championships after defeating Amin Isa.

Joshua won the senior ABA Championships in 2010, in only his 18th bout, and later turned down £50,000 to turn professional.

He also went on to win the same tournament the following year.

Joshua with Roberto
Joshua and Erik pfeifer

During the 2011 World Amateur Boxing Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan, Joshua marked his sudden arrival on the world scene when he beat Italian reigning World & Olympic champion Roberto Cammarelle. He went on to stop Erik Pfeifer of Germany in the semis before losing by a single point to local boxer, Magomedrasul Majidov winning a silver medal.

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En route to the final, Anthony Joshua secured his place at the 2012 Olympic Games in the 91 kg+ division as a relative new-comer to the elite level of the sport.

Joshua During 2012 Olympic

In March 2011, Anthony Joshua was pulled over by the police for speeding in Colindale, North London.

He was found with 8ozs of herbal cannabis hidden in a sports bag in his Mercedes-Benz.

Anthony Joshua was charged with possession with intent to supply a class B drug, an offense that carries a maximum 14-year sentence.

Joshua was suspended from GB boxing squad and was sentenced to a 12-month community order and 100 hours’ unpaid work after pleading guilty at crown court.

Professional Boxing Career | Titles

He was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to boxing.

On 11 July 2013 it was confirmed that Joshua had turned professional under the Matchroom Sport promotional banner.

Joshua made his professional debut on 5 October 2013 at the O2 Arena in London in the Main-Event of a card featuring Scott Quigg’s successful WBA super-bantamweight title defence against Yoandris Salinas, beating Italian Emanuelue Leo by a TKO in the first round.

Joshua beating Gary Cornish

On 12 September 2015, Anthony Joshua won the vacant Commonwealth Heavyweight title by stopping Gary Cornish in the first round at the O2 Arena.

Cornish had been unbeaten in his previous 21 fights.

That same year his baby son, Joseph Bayley Temiloluwa Prince Joshua was born.

Joshua has expressed an interest in chess as well as reading as a way to reinforce his boxing and tactical abilities.

Joshua defeated Charles Martin to win the IBF World Heavyweight title, his first professional world title, on April 9, 2016 with a knockout in the 2nd round.

In November 2016, Anthony Joshua announced he would be investing in a members-only fitness gym, BXR.

Joshua teamed up with the founders of BXR and put together a number of sports therapists, boxers, boxing coaches and MMA fighters.

In 2017, Joshua defeated Wladimir Klitscko by TKO in front of a post-war record 90,000 crowd at the New Wembley Stadium London for the WBA super title.

Joshua is currently ranked the best heavyweight boxer in the world by Transnational Boxing Rankings Board.

Joshua beating Klitscko

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On 3 August 2017, soon after the IBF granted an exemption, Klitschko announced on his website and social media channels that he was retiring from the sport of boxing.

Thus, ending the possibility of a Joshua v Klitschko rematch.

Joshua vs. Takam

Joshua vs. Takam at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff

On 3 August 2017, Klitschko announced on his website and social media channels that he was retiring from boxing.

As a result, on 4 August, upon learning that Klitschko had retired, the IBF immediately ordered Joshua and 36-year-old Kubrat Pulev (25-1, 13 KOs) to fight next, with a deal needing to be reached by 3 September 2017.

The WBA then ordered Joshua to make his mandatory defence against their top ranked fighter Luis Ortiz, giving them 30 days to reach a deal.

According to Hearn, the plan going forward was to fight Pulev next, followed by Ortiz and then a potential unification fight against Deontay Wilder.

On 22 August, details between the camps of Joshua and Pulev were being discussed and close to being finalised for the date of 28 October 2017, with Las Vegas as the potential host.

On 28 August, it was announced that Joshua and Pulev would fight at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.

Promoter Eddie Hearn made the official announcement on 5 September.

The official press conference took place on 11 September and the following day, a reported 70,000 tickets had been sold, making it the fastest selling event.

It also set the record of largest boxing attendance to be expected indoors.

The previous record was Muhammad Ali vs. Leon Spinks rematch which gathered 63,000 fans at the New Orleans Superdrome in 1978.

Joshua’s three-fight deal with Showtime had expired, giving Eddie Hearn the chance to talk to other providers.

Showtime had the right of first option and a matching right, if any providers bid higher.

When HBO bid $1.6 million for the rights to show the fight, Showtime matched the bid, meaning the fight would be shown live in the afternoon on Showtime.

On 16 October, rumours circulated that Pulev had suffered an injury, which could see the fight being in jeopardy.

The same reports suggested the injury was 10 days old, but Pulev’s camp had kept it quiet.

The injury was later revealed to be true and 36-year-old Carlos Takam (35-3-1, 27 KOs), who was ranked number 3 by the IBF stepped in to replace Pulev on 12 days notice.

Eddie Hearn said in a statement that he received a phone call from Pulev’s promoter Kalle Sauerland, advising him of a shoulder injury he had sustained during sparring.

Hearn revealed when the Joshua vs. Pulev fight was made, he contacted Takam’s camp, knowing they would be next in line and told them to begin a training camp and stay on standby.

IBF stated that Joshua fighting Takam would satisfy his mandatory defence.

Despite Hearn claiming Joshua would weigh around 235-240 pounds, he officially weighed a career-heavy 254 pounds, while Takam came in a 235 pounds.

On fight night, in front of nearly 80,000 fans in attendance, Joshua retained his world titles with what many believed was a premature stoppage in round 10.

The official time of stoppage was 1 minute, 34 seconds.

Many fans ringside also booed the referee stoppage, which saw Takam go out on his feet.

After a cagey first round, the second round saw Takam accidentally headbutt Joshua’s nose, likely breaking it, causing Joshua’s eyes to water.

In round 4, Joshua opened up a cut above Takam’s right eye.

After the referee checked the eye, Joshua knocked Takam down with a left hook to the head.

Takam beat the count and lasted the remainder of the round.

Another cut appeared above Takam’s left eye in round 7.

Referee Phil Edwards asked the ringside doctor to take a look at Takam a few times during the fight.

During round 8 and 9, Joshua started to back off, which saw Takam come forward and land some good shots to Joshua’s head.

In round 10, Joshua landed a clean right uppercut, followed by a barrage of punches.

Referee Edwards, seeing this, stepped in between, halting the fight.

A doctor confirmed that Joshua’s nose was not broken, only bruised and swollen.

It was revealed at the time of stoppage, judges Pawel Kardyni and Michael Alexander had Joshua ahead 89–81, whilst judge Ron McNair had the fight 90–80 perfect for Joshua.

In the post-fight interview, Joshua was asked about the stoppage, to which he replied,

“It was a good fight until the ref stopped it, I have the utmost respect for Takam. I have no interest for what’s going on with the officials. My job is the opponent. I don’t have control over the ref’s decision.”

Takam believed the fight was stopped too early, stating he would appreciate a rematch.

Hearn and Joshua spoke about potential fights in 2018, which included fights with Joseph Parker and Deontay Wilder, where a win against both would see Joshua the undisputed champion and an all-British clash against Tyson Fury.

CompuBox stats showed that Joshua landed 152 of 454 punches thrown (34%) and Takam was less busy connecting 52 of his 222 thrown (23%).

The fight, which was shown live in the US on Showtime, averaged 334,000 viewers.

A replay was shown later in the evening, which averaged 309,000 viewers.

Joshua vs. Parker

It was reported that Joseph Parker’s team were looking at Lucas Browne as a potential match-up if they failed to land a unification fight with Joshua.

According to Higgins, a date in March 2018 was being discussed with Joshua’s team, however Eddie Hearn offered an 80-20 split, which would favor Joshua.

Higgins spoke to Fairfax Media, saying the offer would need to be more reasonable, also taking into consideration the fight would take place in the UK.

Other names discussed for a Summer 2018 fight included Bryant Jennings and Alexander Povetkin.

 According to a Tweet from Parker on 15 November, he was offered less than half of what was paid to Charles Martin when he defended his IBF title against Joshua.

The next day, Higgins told Fairfax Media that he and Hearn were still talking around a deal that would benefit all parties.

Parker stated he was willing to drop to 35% of the net profit. Higgins made a final offer to Hearn on 22 November.

He told Sky Sports, “It’s our final bottom line decision. We feel anything less is disrespectful or a disgrace.”

 On 29 November, Hearn stated the fight could be confirmed within two weeks.

Higgins listed Camp Nou as the potential venue.

 According to Hearn on 11 December, a deal was very close to being announced with the Principality Stadium a frontrunner to host the fight.

Hearn jokingly said they were over-paying Parker, with the deal being 65-35.

On 28 December, Higgins announced that a split had been agreed which would see Parker earn between 30-35% of the purse and the fight should take place in April 2018.

Higgins stated that a rematch clause would be in place for Joshua, should he lose.

In a potential rematch, Parker would get a 55% split.

 On 8 January 2018, the Principality Stadium in Cardiff was confirmed as the venue for the fight.

On 14 January, negotiations came to a close and the fight was officially announced to take place on 31 March in Cardiff, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

 In an official press release on 5 February, Showtime announced they would televise the fight live in the United States.

On 16 February, it was noted that Joshua was weighed around 247 pounds, nearly 10 pounds lighter that he weighed against Takam.

A picture was posted on Twitter which revealed the scales that Joshua stood on, his weight was at 112.9 kilograms.

 Joshua and Parker both came in lighter compared to their respective previous bouts.

Parker weighed in first at 236.7 pounds, his lightest since he fought Solomon Haumono in July 2016.

Joshua weighed 242.2 pounds, his lightest since 2014 when he fought Michael Sprott.

It was reported that Joshua would earn a career-high £18 million and Parker would also earn a career-high pay of £8 million.

Joshua was forced to go the distance to defeat Parker via a 12-round unanimous decision to claim the WBO title as well as retain his WBA, IBF and IBO belts.

The judges scored the fight 118-110, 118-110 and 119-109 in favour of Joshua.

Many media outlets including ESPN had the fight around 116-112 with Joshua the clear winner.

With going the distance, Joshua’s 20 fight knockout streak came to an end.

Parker used his movement well to slip a lot of Joshua’s attack but in doing so did not do enough himself to win more rounds.

Parker started on the backfoot in the opening rounds allowing Joshua to take the rounds.

Parker suffered a cut over his left eye after Joshua accidentally elbowed him.

In round 12, neither boxers engaged as much as expected with Joshua trying to track Parker down, who again, on the backfoot looked to survive the round.

The fight was marred by Italian referee Giuseppe Quartarone, who kept both boxers from fighting on the inside.

This mostly had negative impact on Parker, where he was seen to have the most success.

The referee was breaking the action each time both boxers were on the inside, even when they were still throwing shots.

Many boxers, pundits and both the Sky Sports and Showtime broadcast team criticised the referee during and after the fight.

After the fight, Joshua explained his game plan for the fight, “My strategy in there was kind of stick behind the jab.

It’s one of the most important weapons.

The old saying is the right hand could take you around the block, but a good jab will take you around the world.

And that secured another championship belt.

So I stuck behind the jab and I made sure anything that was coming back, I was switched on, I was focused and 12 rounds, baby! I thought it was hard, right?” Parker was humble in defeat and stated he would be back stronger, “Today I got beaten by a better champion, bigger man. A lot to work on.

It was a good experience being here.

Thank you all for the opportunity to fight in this big stadium.

We’re gonna go back, train hard, plan again and come back stronger.

No regrets, you know, take it on the chin. … So we’ll be back again.

” When asked what he would do different, Parker replied, “Work harder.

Come back stronger, more punches. But I would love to have another go. Just back to the drawing board.”

During the post fight press conference, Parker’s team stated the referee did not speak English, whereas Joshua and his promoter Hearn disagreed and said he spoke English fluently.

Compubox Punch stats showed that Joshua landed 139 of 383 punches thrown (36.3%) and Parker landed 101 of his 492 thrown (20.5%).

The fight was shown live in USA on Showtime in the afternoon. The live showing averaged 346,000 viewers and peaked at 379,000 viewers. A replay was shown later in the evening which saw an increase. The replay averaged 430,000 viewers and peaked at 483,000 viewers. Nielsen Media Research., who released the figures do not have the facility to measure whether the same customers that watched the live showing tuned in for the replay.

Anthony Joshua’s Mum

He lives in a tiny former council flat in Golders Green, North London, which Anthony co-owns with his mother, Yeta Odusanya.

Anthony Joshua’s net worth is estimated at $85.7 million

and it is expected to continue to grow at a strong pace. For the next three years, Anthony Joshua’s net worth is likely to grow by 72%.

Who is Anthony Joshua dating?

According to Joshua himself, he doesn’t have a lot of time for girlfriends, and may not see himself settling down until his boxing career is over.

“If people can ride with me for the next 10 to 12 years I would really appreciate it, but if they can’t foresee the future I’d rather they jump off the boat because I can’t stop for no one right now,” he told the Evening Standard.

“I was speaking to my coach, who worked with Carl Froch who had a 12-year career.

One day it does finish and now he has all the time in the world to think about business, family.”

Who has Anthony Joshua Dated?

Anthony Joshua was most recently seen with supermodel Bella Hadid, as the two met at the GQ awards in May.

He reportedly exchanged flirty messages with the 21-year-old, but nothing concrete transpired after that.

The mother of his son is Nicole Osborne, a pole dancing teacher who has been Joshua’s on-off lover since the two were at school.

How Many Children Does Anthony Joshua Have?

It was revealed last year, after his title winning victory over Charles Martin, that Joshua had a secret lovechild with Osborne.

His son, Joseph Bayley Temiloluwa Prince Joshua was born on October 6, 2015.

Anthony Joshua bought a £500,000 flat in Finchley, North london for his two-year-old son and ex-girlfriend.

 

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