Some Facts You Need To Know About Anthony Joshua
Many people did not really know much about Anthony Oluwafemi Joshua aka AJ who recently beat wladimir klitschko in a title fight.
The current Olympic champion became more professional, few months after London 2012 and has made steady rise to fame with special deliverable skills.
Here are facts you probably didn’t know about the Nigerian-born, Britain’s super heavyweight champion.
Joshua was born in Watford, Hertfordshire to a Nigerian mother and a British father of Nigerian and Irish decent.
The Super Heavyweight champion has a tattoo on his right upper arm of Africa with Nigeria outlined.
Before rising to Olympic and professional boxing fame, Joshua worked on construction sites as a Bricklayer.
Joshua was a late bloomer in boxing as he was only persuaded to ‘try’ boxing by his cousin Ben Illyemi in 2007.
Five years later he won the gold medal at London 2012.
During the build-up to the London Olympics, Joshua was arrested for possessing cannabis with the intent to supply.
He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a 12-month community order and 100 hours’ unpaid work.
Joshua received the super heavyweight gold medal in August 2012 after beating 32-year-old reigning Olympic Champion Roberto Cammarelle of Italy.
The fight received criticism with many claiming that the decision to award Joshua the win was a ‘home decisions’.
To commemorate his victory in the 2012 Olympics, the Royal Mail painted a post box gold in Joshua’s hometown of Watford.
In 2013, Joshua was awarded a Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours.
The heavyweight champion received the honour for his services to boxing.
Known for his tactical prowess, Joshua claims that he plays chess and reads in order to help him develop his tactical side of his game.
After his Olympic victory, Joshua featured in 2012 Special TV show, Superstars.
Joshua saw off competition from his Team GB teammates including Mo Farah and the Brownlee brothers.
His highlight was his 11.53 in the 100m sprint.
In 2010, hours after winning the ABA title in York Hall, London, Joshua turned down a staggering £50,000 to turn professional.
Joshua said at the time: “Turning down that £50,000 was easy. I didn’t take up the sport for money, I want to win medals.”
His decision proved the right one.
Joshua goes into his fight with Dillian Whyte with a 14 match unbeaten record in professional bouts.
AJ has won all 14 fights either by technical or straight knock-out.