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Anthony Joshua
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Joshua in 2017
Nickname(s) AJ
Rated at Heavyweight
Height 6 ft 6 in
Reach 82 in
Born (1989-10-15) 15 October 1989 (age 34)
Watford, Hertfordshire, England
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 27
Wins 24
Wins by KO 22
Losses 3
Medal record
Men's amateur boxing
ABA Championships
Gold 2010 London Super-heavyweight
Gold 2011 Colchester Super-heavyweight
Representing  Great Britain
Olympic Games
Gold 2012 London Super-heavyweight
Representing  England
World Championships
Silver 2011 Baku Super-heavyweight
Great Britain Championships
Gold 2010 Liverpool Super-heavyweight

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.

Early life

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.

Amateur career

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.

Anthony Joshua
Joshua at the 2012 Summer Olympics

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”.

Personal life

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".

In an interview with iFL TV in July 2014, Joshua named Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson, Larry Holmes, Lennox Lewis, and Evander Holyfield as his top five greatest heavyweight boxers of all-time.

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

Professional record summary
27 fights 24 wins 3 losses
By knockout 22 1
By decision 2 2
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
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

Television viewership

Pay-per-view bouts

United Kingdom
No. Date Fight Network Buys Source(s)
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
Total sales 14,690,000


Date Fight Network Country Viewers Source
29 April 2017 Joshua vs. Klitschko RTL Television Germany 10,430,000
Inter Ukraine 4,400,000
Showtime United States 687,000
HBO United States 890,000
7 December 2019 Ruiz vs. Joshua II DAZN International 1,800,000
TVP1/TVP Sport Poland 3,000,000
20 August 2022 Usyk vs. Joshua II MEGOGO Ukraine 1,500,000
Total viewership 22,130,000

See also

Kids robot.svg In Spanish: Anthony Joshua para niños

  • List of world heavyweight boxing champions
  • List of WBA world champions
  • List of IBF world champions
  • List of WBO world champions
  • List of IBO world champions
  • List of British heavyweight boxing champions
  • List of Commonwealth Boxing Council champions
  • List of Olympic medalists in boxing
  • Boxing at the 2012 Summer Olympics
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