Nigeria: Anthony Joshua – British Boxer

Anthony Joshua is a British professional boxer of Nigerian origin, who is a current world heavyweight champion, along with having set multiple other records. He holds his well-earned IBF title since 2016, and he also has WBA and IBO titles, which he got in April 2017.

The famous boxer Anthony Joshua was born on the 15th of October, 1989, in Watford (Hertfordshire, England). He has Nigerian roots: his mother, Yeta Odusanya, is Nigerian, and his father Robert Joshua is British, but he also has Nigerian ancestry.

His full name is Anthony Oluwafemi Olaseni Joshua, and at school, he was often called “Femi” by friends and teachers, as a reference to his middle name Oluwafemi. He also has a famous cousin – a professional boxer Ben Ileyemi, who is also unbeaten. Anthony spent his early years in Nigeria.

He only came back to the UK together with his family when he was seventh years old to join the Kings Langley secondary school. He grew in Garston, Hertfordshire, and was a sports-loving kid. He was excellent in football. Apart from that, in his ninth year, he broke the school record in athletics when he ran 100m in 11.6 seconds.

Before becoming a professional boxer and taking up training full-time, Anthony worked s a bricklayer. Interesting fact about him is that he was put in prison for fighting someone. When he was released, he was made to wear a tag. In 2007, at the age of 18, Anthony Joshua began boxing – this was a suggestion of his cousin Ben, who also became a boxer later.

He started training at the Finchley ABC club in North London, which also raised another heavyweight professional boxer – Dereck Chisora. Anthony Joshua proceeded to win Haringey

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