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Joshua in 2017
|Height||6 ft 6 in|
15 October 1989 |
Watford, Hertfordshire, England
|Wins by KO||22|
Anthony Oluwafemi Olaseni Joshua OBE (born 15 October 1989) is a British professional boxer. He is a two-time former unified world heavyweight champion, having held the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO titles twice between 2016 and 2021. At regional level, he held the British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles from 2015 to 2016.
As an amateur, Joshua represented England at the 2011 World Championships in the super-heavyweight division, winning a silver medal. He also represented Great Britain at the 2012 Olympics, winning gold. In 2014, a year after turning professional, he was named Prospect of the Year by The Ring magazine. In 2017, his victorious fight against Wladimir Klitschko was named Fight of the Year by The Ring and the Boxing Writers Association of America. Joshua is the second British boxer, after James DeGale, to win both a gold medal at the Olympics and a world title by a major professional sanctioning body, as well as the first British heavyweight to do so.
As of October 2022, Joshua is ranked as the world's second-best active heavyweight by BoxRec, third by The Ring, and fourth by Transnational Boxing Rankings Board and ESPN, as well as the sixth-best active boxer, pound for pound, by BoxRec. He has been ranked by BoxRec as among the world's top 10 heavyweights since 2014, and was ranked at No. 1 at the conclusion of 2016 and 2017. Joshua's knockout-to-win percentage stands at 91.67%, with an overall knockout percentage of 63.64% in world heavyweight title fights.
Anthony Oluwafemi Olaseni Joshua was born on 15 October 1989 in Watford, Hertfordshire, the son of Yeta and Robert Joshua. His mother is Nigerian, while his father is of Nigerian and Irish ancestry. Joshua's Nigerian background can be specifically traced back to the Yoruba people, amongst whom he is of aristocratic rank. His cousin, Ben Ileyemi, is also a professional boxer. The pair made their professional debuts together in 2013. Joshua spent some of his early years in Nigeria as a boarding school student at Mayflower School in Ikenne. Following his parents' divorce when he was 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, he was called "Femi" by his friends and former teachers, due to his middle name, Oluwafemi. He excelled at football and athletics and broke his school's Year Nine 100 m record with a time of 11.6 seconds.
A late starter in the sport, Joshua began boxing in 2007, aged 18, when his cousin suggested he take it up. His club, Finchley ABC in Barnet, North London, is also home to professional heavyweight Derek Chisora. Joshua won the 2009 and 2010 Haringey Box Cup. Joshua also won the senior ABA Championships in 2010, in only his 18th bout, and later turned down £50,000 to turn professional. "Turning down that £50,000 was easy. I didn't take up the sport for money, I want to win medals." He also went on to win the same tournament the following year. In 2010 his domestic success earned him a place on the GB Boxing team and later the same year he became British amateur champion at the GB Championships after defeating Amin Isa. At the 2011 European Championships in June he beat the German Eric Brechlin 23:16 and the Irishman Cathal McMonagle 22:10 but was stopped by the Romanian southpaw Mihai Nistor after receiving several standing counts. In October 2011 he was named Amateur Boxer of the Year by the Boxing Writers Club of Great Britain. Joshua had an amateur record of 40–3.
During the 2011 World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan, Joshua marked his sudden arrival on the world scene when he beat Italian reigning world and Olympic champion Roberto Cammarelle, and 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. En route to the final, Joshua secured his place at the 2012 Olympic Games in the super-heavyweight division as a relative newcomer to the elite level of the sport.
Joshua went into the 2012 London Olympics as a novice on the international scene, despite being a world silver medalist. He received a tough draw in the last 16 of the super-heavyweight event in Cuban Erislandy Savón, ranked No. 4 in the world by AIBA and nephew of the three time Olympic champion Félix Savón. The home boxer battled through three tough rounds in his opening contest before being given the result 17:16. This decision caused some controversy with most observers believing Savon had clearly won the bout whilst a few others taking the view that he had won on merit. In his next bout he fought 2008 Beijing Olympics silver medalist Zhang Zhilei, dropping his taller opponent in the middle round; Joshua won by 15:11 guaranteeing at least a bronze medal. In the semi-final Joshua met Kazakh boxer Ivan Dychko, and despite Joshua's height disadvantage he won by 13:11 to gain a place in the Olympic final. Joshua met 32-year-old reigning Olympic champion and former two-time world champion, Roberto Cammarelle of Italy in the closing bout. After conceding the first two rounds (6:5 and 13:10) to Cammarelle, an adversary he had already beaten the previous year, Joshua grew into the fight and fought back to level the scores after the third round (18:18). Joshua was announced winner via count-back and the new Olympic champion. The final decision was criticised by some boxing experts, being defined as a "home decision".
He was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to boxing.
Outside of boxing
Joshua is recognised as one of the most marketable athletes in the world, and has lucrative endorsement deals with numerous brands, including Under Armour, Beats By Dre, and Lucozade. In 2017, he was ranked as the world's most marketable athlete, ahead of basketball player Stephen Curry, who was ranked most marketable the previous year. Along with his boxing ability, this has been attributed to his "rags to riches" story, enforcing a narrative that he avoided a life of violence and crime by dedicating himself to boxing. Joshua has spoken of his ambition to surpass Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s reported career earnings of $700 million, saying in an interview with GQ, "When I first started, the aim was to become a multi-millionaire. But now there are ordinary people, grandmas and grandads, who are worth millions just because of property prices. So the new school of thought is that I need to be a billionaire. Being a millionaire is good but you have to set your sights higher."
Joshua has also been recognised with his inclusion in the annual Powerlist as one of the 100 most influential Black Britons, most recently in the 2021 edition. He has a tattoo of the continent of Africa on his right shoulder, with the territory of Nigeria outlined, and says he feels a strong connection to his Nigerian roots.
In August 2022, Joshua faced questions around the controversy of his world-title challenge taking place in Saudi Arabia. He was also questioned about the human rights situation in the Kingdom, after the Arab authorities sentenced a 34-year-old woman for 34 years in prison over her Twitter activity. However, he said that people were “loving the positive side of things” and they “don’t focus on anything that’s negative”. Yasser al-Khayat, whose brother Mustafa was executed by Saudi authorities, also wrote a letter to Joshua and urged him to stand up for the human rights. He wrote to Joshua that speaking out could make a real difference, as Saudi uses the events like boxing “to distract from its oppression”.
Joshua has expressed an interest in chess as well as reading as a way to reinforce his boxing and tactical abilities. He was a bricklayer before taking up boxing full-time.
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.
Joshua previously stated in 2012 that he does not support a football team, but when asked in an interview in 2017, he said that although he supports his local team Watford F.C., his "overall favourite" team was Real Madrid C.F. because of Cristiano Ronaldo, as Ronaldo was a Real Madrid player at the time. In the same interview, he also described English footballer Troy Deeney, who he met by chance at a local barbershop in his hometown Watford, as his "good friend".
Joshua fathered a son named Joseph "JJ" Joshua, with dance teacher Nicole Osbourne, in 2015.
In 2020, Joshua spoke about his positive relationship with his longtime promoter Eddie Hearn, who has promoted him since his professional debut in 2013, saying that he "and Eddie will always have a great friendship."
Professional boxing record
|27 fights||24 wins||3 losses|
|27||Loss||24–3||Oleksandr Usyk||SD||12||20 Aug 2022||King Abdullah Sports City, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia||For WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, IBO, and vacant The Ring heavyweight titles|
|26||Loss||24–2||Oleksandr Usyk||UD||12||25 Sep 2021||Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, England||Lost WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight titles|
|25||Win||24–1||Kubrat Pulev||KO||9 (12), 2:58||12 Dec 2020||The SSE Arena, London, England||Retained WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight titles|
|24||Win||23–1||Andy Ruiz Jr.||UD||12||7 Dec 2019||Diriyah Arena, Diriyah, Saudi Arabia||Won WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight titles|
|23||Loss||22–1||Andy Ruiz Jr.||TKO||7 (12), 1:33||1 Jun 2019||Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, US||Lost WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight titles|
|22||Win||22–0||Alexander Povetkin||TKO||7 (12), 1:59||22 Sep 2018||Wembley Stadium, London, England||Retained WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight titles|
|21||Win||21–0||Joseph Parker||UD||12||31 Mar 2018||Principality Stadium, Cardiff, Wales||Retained WBA (Super), IBF, and IBO heavyweight titles;
Won WBO heavyweight title
|20||Win||20–0||Carlos Takam||TKO||10 (12), 1:34||28 Oct 2017||Principality Stadium, Cardiff, Wales||Retained WBA (Super), IBF, and IBO heavyweight titles|
|19||Win||19–0||Wladimir Klitschko||TKO||11 (12), 2:25||29 Apr 2017||Wembley Stadium, London, England||Retained IBF heavyweight title;
Won vacant WBA (Super) and IBO heavyweight titles
|18||Win||18–0||Éric Molina||TKO||3 (12), 2:02||10 Dec 2016||Manchester Arena, Manchester, England||Retained IBF heavyweight title|
|17||Win||17–0||Dominic Breazeale||TKO||7 (12), 1:01||25 Jun 2016||The O2 Arena, London, England||Retained IBF heavyweight title|
|16||Win||16–0||Charles Martin||KO||2 (12), 1:32||9 Apr 2016||The O2 Arena, London, England||Won IBF heavyweight title|
|15||Win||15–0||Dillian Whyte||TKO||7 (12), 1:27||12 Dec 2015||The O2 Arena, London, England||Retained WBC International and Commonwealth heavyweight titles;
Won vacant British heavyweight title
|14||Win||14–0||Gary Cornish||TKO||1 (12), 1:37||12 Sep 2015||The O2 Arena, London, England||Retained WBC International heavyweight title;
Won vacant Commonwealth heavyweight title
|13||Win||13–0||Kevin Johnson||TKO||2 (10), 1:22||30 May 2015||The O2 Arena, London, England||Retained WBC International heavyweight title|
|12||Win||12–0||Raphael Zumbano Love||TKO||2 (8), 1:21||9 May 2015||Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham, England|
|11||Win||11–0||Jason Gavern||KO||3 (8), 1:21||4 Apr 2015||Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle, England|
|10||Win||10–0||Michael Sprott||TKO||1 (10), 1:26||22 Nov 2014||Echo Arena, Liverpool, England|
|9||Win||9–0||Denis Bakhtov||TKO||2 (10), 1:00||11 Oct 2014||The O2 Arena, London, England||Won vacant WBC International heavyweight title|
|8||Win||8–0||Konstantin Airich||TKO||3 (8), 1:16||13 Sep 2014||Phones 4u Arena, Manchester, England|
|7||Win||7–0||Matt Skelton||TKO||2 (6), 2:33||12 Jul 2014||Echo Arena, Liverpool, England|
|6||Win||6–0||Matt Legg||KO||1 (6), 1:23||31 May 2014||Wembley Stadium, London, England|
|5||Win||5–0||Hector Alfredo Avila||KO||1 (6), 2:14||1 Mar 2014||Exhibition and Conference Centre, Glasgow, Scotland|
|4||Win||4–0||Dorian Darch||TKO||2 (6), 0:51||1 Feb 2014||Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, Wales|
|3||Win||3–0||Hrvoje Kisiček||TKO||2 (6), 1:38||14 Nov 2013||York Hall, London, England|
|2||Win||2–0||Paul Butlin||TKO||2 (6), 0:50||26 Oct 2013||Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield, England|
|1||Win||1–0||Emanuele Leo||TKO||1 (6), 2:47||5 Oct 2013||The O2 Arena, London, England|
|1||12 December 2015||Joshua vs. Whyte||Sky Box Office||699,000|
|2||9 April 2016||Martin vs. Joshua||Sky Box Office||1,368,000|
|3||25 June 2016||Joshua vs. Breazeale||Sky Box Office||512,000|
|4||10 December 2016||Joshua vs. Molina||Sky Box Office||764,000|
|5||29 April 2017||Joshua vs. Klitschko||Sky Box Office||1,631,000|
|6||28 October 2017||Joshua vs. Takam||Sky Box Office||1,009,000|
|7||31 March 2018||Joshua vs. Parker||Sky Box Office||1,832,000|
|8||22 September 2018||Joshua vs. Povetkin||Sky Box Office||1,247,000|
|9||1 June 2019||Joshua vs. Ruiz||Sky Box Office||562,000|
|10||7 December 2019||Ruiz vs. Joshua II||Sky Box Office||1,575,000|
|11||12 December 2020||Joshua vs. Pulev||Sky Box Office||848,000|
|12||25 September 2021||Joshua vs. Usyk||Sky Box Office||1,232,000|
|13||20 August 2022||Usyk vs. Joshua II||Sky Box Office||1,249,000|
|29 April 2017||Joshua vs. Klitschko||RTL Television||Germany||10,430,000|
|7 December 2019||Ruiz vs. Joshua II||DAZN||International||1,800,000|
|20 August 2022||Usyk vs. Joshua II||MEGOGO||Ukraine||1,500,000|
In Spanish: Anthony Joshua para niños
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