91 Facts About Anthony Joshua


Anthony Oluwafemi Olaseni Joshua was born on 15 October 1989 and is a British professional boxer.


Anthony Joshua is a two-time former unified world heavyweight champion, having held the WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO titles twice between 2016 and 2021.


Anthony Joshua represented Great Britain at the 2012 Olympics, winning gold.


Anthony Joshua is the second English 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 English heavyweight to do so.


Anthony Joshua 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.


Anthony Oluwafemi Olaseni Joshua was born on 15 October 1989 in Watford, Hertfordshire, the son of Yeta and Robert Joshua.


Anthony Joshua's mother is Nigerian, while his father is of Nigerian and Irish ancestry.

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Anthony Joshua excelled at football and athletics and broke his school's Year Nine 100 m record with a time of 11.6 seconds.


En route to the final, Anthony 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 went into the 2012 London Olympics as a novice on the international scene, despite being a world silver medalist.


Anthony Joshua received a tough draw in the last 16 of the super-heavyweight event in Cuban Erislandy Savon, ranked No 4 in the world by AIBA and nephew of the three time Olympic champion Felix Savon.


Anthony Joshua met 32-year-old reigning Olympic champion and former two-time world champion, Roberto Cammarelle of Italy in the closing bout.


Anthony Joshua was announced winner via count-back and the new Olympic champion.


Anthony Joshua was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to boxing.


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


Anthony 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 Emanuele Leo by a technical knockout in the first round.


Anthony Joshua's second fight was against English heavyweight Paul Butlin at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield on 26 October 2013.


Anthony Joshua's third fight was on the Prizefighter Series card against Croatian Hrvoje Kisicek on 14 November 2013.


Anthony Joshua got a TKO victory in the second round, achieving his third knockout victory in a row.


Anthony Joshua was in the Main-Event of a Matchroom Sport card for the second time in his career, in his ninth professional appearance for the vacant WBC International heavyweight title against Dennis Bakhtov, the former champion looking to win the title for a second time, on 11 October 2014 at The O2 Arena in London.


Anthony Joshua was supposed to face American boxer Kevin Johnson on 31 January 2015 at The O2 Arena in London, but the bout was cancelled after Joshua sustained a back injury.


On 4 April 2015, Anthony Joshua beat Jason Gavern with a third-round KO in his return to the ring in Newcastle.


On 9 May 2015, in his twelfth bout, Anthony Joshua defeated Raphael Zumbano Love in a second-round KO in Birmingham.


On 30 May 2015, Anthony Joshua defeated former world title challenger Kevin Johnson, inflicting the first stoppage in Johnson's career.


On 16 July 2015, it was announced that Anthony Joshua would fight undefeated Scottish boxer Gary Cornish for the vacant Commonwealth heavyweight title at The O2 Arena, London, on 12 September.

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Anthony Joshua won the vacant title by stopping Cornish at just 90 seconds in the first round.


Anthony Joshua was throwing a large jab and I tried to slip it.


Anthony Joshua met Whyte in a grudge match for the vacant British heavyweight title on 12 December 2015, whilst defending his Commonwealth heavyweight title for the first time.


Anthony Joshua set the pace in the first round and kept the southpaw Martin at bay before sending him to the canvas with a straight right hand in the second round.


On 25 April, it was announced that Anthony Joshua's next fight will be against Dominic Breazeale on 25 June 2016 at the O2 Arena in London.


Anthony Joshua was first dropped after a right hand to the jaw.


The WBA agreement was, if Anthony Joshua retained his belt against Eric Molina, the fight would take place on 29 April 2017, at Wembley Stadium in London.


Anthony Joshua put a request in for 5,000 more tickets to be made available.


In front of a post-war record crowd of 90,000 in attendance, Anthony Joshua won by TKO in a high-drama war that saw both men giving their all.


The next few rounds were again cautious, both men wary of each other, until a reinvigorated Anthony Joshua attacked Klitschko in round eleven, sending him to the canvas.


Klitschko again rose but Anthony Joshua knocked him down for a second time in the round.


When Klitschko rose back to his feet, Anthony Joshua threw a barrage of unanswered punches while Klitschko was against the ropes, prompting the referee to stop the fight.


CompuBox stats showed that Anthony Joshua landed 107 of his 355 punches thrown, and Klitschko landed 94 of 256.


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


Anthony Joshua will meet his mandatory challenger, [IBF] No 1-ranked Kubrat Pulev, and the card will be stacked with world championship action, domestic title fights and the very best young stars in the game.


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


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


In round four, Anthony Joshua opened up a cut above Takam's right eye.


Anthony Joshua beat the count and lasted the remainder of the round.


In rounds eight and nine, Anthony Joshua started to back off, which saw Takam come forward and land some good shots to Anthony Joshua's head.

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


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


CompuBox stats showed that Anthony Joshua landed 152 of 454 punches thrown and Takam was less busy connecting 52 of his 222 thrown.


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


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


In round twelve, neither boxer engaged as much as expected with Anthony Joshua trying to track Parker down, who again, on the back-foot, looked to survive the round.


CompuBox punch stats showed that Anthony Joshua landed 139 of 383 punches thrown and Parker landed 101 of his 492 thrown.


In front of nearly 80,000 in attendance, Anthony Joshua overcame an initial struggle, eventually knocking out Povetkin in round seven to retain his world titles.


Anthony Joshua dropped Povetkin with a left hand to the head in round seven.


Povetkin got back up but Anthony Joshua was straight back in with a flurry of hard shots, prompting the referee to stop the fight.


Anthony Joshua provided that, he was good with left hook.


CompuBox stats showed that Anthony Joshua landed 90 of 256 punches thrown, with 53 of them landed being jabs.


On 12 January 2019, Whyte revealed that he had turned down a 'severe lowball' offer from Anthony Joshua to fight him in a rematch.


Whyte claimed Anthony Joshua did not want to fight him, as he had known since September 2018, that he would be fighting in April 2019, yet did not make any offers.


Anthony Joshua stayed and answered any remaining questions from the media.


Luis Ortiz was the first name that Anthony Joshua wanted as a replacement.


Anthony Joshua dropped Ruiz in the third round, for the first time in the challenger's career.


Anthony Joshua was down again towards the end of the round in a massive turn around.


Anthony Joshua managed to survive the next few rounds, but after a further two knock-downs in the seventh round, the referee waved the fight off, therefore giving Ruiz the win by TKO in the seventh round, gaining all of Anthony Joshua's four heavyweight titles.


At the weigh-in, Anthony Joshua came in at 237 pounds, nearly ten pounds lighter than in the pair's first match.

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Anthony Joshua started off well, landing a sharp right hand in the first round that cut Ruiz to the side of his left eye.


Anthony Joshua continued to box economically and land the more meaningful punches.


Anthony Joshua had been initially announced to fight Kubrat Pulev in 2017, but a late injury to Pulev saw Carlos Takam replace him for the fight.


On 2 March 2020 it was announced that Anthony Joshua would defend his heavyweight titles against Pulev, who was IBF mandatory challenger, at London's Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on 20 June.


Anthony Joshua came to see me perform and I pulled off one of his favourite moves - the pull-counter.


Anthony Joshua is one of the best heavyweights out there.


Anthony Joshua won [an Olympic] gold medal, his career is going great, a two-time heavyweight champion.


Anthony Joshua is a gentleman and I enjoy his craft.


On 17 May 2021, Fury announced on his social media that the fight between him and Anthony Joshua would take place on 14 August 2021 in Saudi Arabia.


On 6 February 2023, it was officially announced that Anthony Joshua would be returning to the ring on 1 April at The O2 Arena against Jermaine Franklin.


The altercation was initiated by Anthony Joshua, who had tapped Franklin in the back of his head while Franklin had turned his back to walk away.


Anthony 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.


Anthony Joshua has been recognised with his inclusion in the annual Powerlist as one of the 100 most influential Black Britons, most recently in the 2021 edition.


Anthony Joshua 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.


Anthony Joshua was 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.


Yasser al-Khayat, whose brother Mustafa was executed by Saudi authorities, wrote a letter to Anthony Joshua and urged him to stand up for the human rights.


Anthony Joshua was previously criticised for a set of incidents in November 2017.


Anthony Joshua called heavyweight boxer Eddie Chambers a "disgrace to the superior black race" on Instagram.


Anthony Joshua later appeared to voice support for Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe on Snapchat.


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

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Anthony Joshua was a bricklayer before taking up boxing full-time.


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


Anthony Joshua was found with eight ounces 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 offence that carries a maximum 14-year sentence.


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


Anthony Joshua fathered a son named Joseph "JJ" Anthony Joshua, with dance teacher Nicole Osbourne, in 2015.