Anthony Joshua is a young and professional boxer from Britain. Anthony Joshua has won 24 fights out of 25 total boxing fights.
Table of Biography
Early Life and Childhood
Anthony Joshua was born on 15 October 1989 and he is currently 31 years old. He hails from Watford, Hertfordshire, England, and his zodiac sign is Libra. Likewise, his full name is Anthony Oluwafemi Olaseni Joshua. Talking about his family, Anthony’s parents are mother Yeta and father Robert Joshua.
Moreover, Anthony’s mother is Nigerian whereas his father is of Nigerian and Irish ancestry. His Nigerian background is traced back to the Yoruba people. Anthony’s cousin is Ben Ileyemi and Ben is also a professional boxer. The cousin’s duo made their professional debuts together in the year 2013.
Similarly, Anthony spent some of his early years in Nigeria. There, he was a boarding school student at Mayflower School in Ikenne. Unfortunately, Anthony’s parents divorced when he was 12 years old. Following this incident in his life, Anthony returned to the UK. Young Anthony left for the United Kingdom halfway through Year Seven and he later joined Kings Langley Secondary School.
He then grew up in the Meriden Estate in Garston, Hertfordshire. Anthony’s friends and former teachers called him “Femi”. It was derived from his middle name, Oluwafemi. Anthony additionally excelled at football and athletics. He also broke his school’s Year Nine 100 m record with a time of 11.6 seconds.
Career and Professional Life
Professionally, Anthony Joshua is a professional boxer. The boxer is a two-time unified world heavyweight champion. Anthony is also the winner of WBA (Super), WBO, IBF, and IBO titles. He has held these titles since December 2019. Prior to this, Anthony also held these titles between 2016 and June 2019. At the regional level, from 2015 to 2016, Anthony won the British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles.
Likewise, Anthony Joshua represented England during his amateur years. It was at the 2011 World Championships in the super-heavyweight division. At this event, Anthony won a silver medal. Anthony also represented Great Britain at the 2012 Olympics where he won gold.
In the year 2014, the Ring magazine named Anthony “Prospect of the Year”. This was only a year after turning professional. Then in 2017, Anthony had a victorious fight against Wladimir Klitschko. After this fight, The Ring and the Boxing Writers Association of America named Anthony “Fight of the Year”.
Moreover, 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 per The Ring and the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, Anthony Joshua is ranked as the world’s 2nd best active heavyweight as of April 2021. As per BoxRec, Anthony is ranked 3rd best active heavyweight and 4th best active boxer, pound for pound.
Furthermore, BoxRec has ranked Anthony among the world’s top 10 heavyweights since the year 2014. Anthony was also ranked #1 at the conclusion of 2016 and 2017. The boxer’s knockout percentage stands at 93% (80% in world heavyweight title fights).
Anthony received the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the year 2013. The boxer received this award in the 2013 Queen’s New Years Honours List. Anthony received this award for his services to Boxing. Likewise, Anthony expressed an interest in chess and reading as a way to reinforce his boxing and tactical abilities.
The boxer was a bricklayer before taking up boxing full-time. In the year 2009, Anthony went to remand in Reading Prison. The boxer had to wear an electronic tag on his ankle when released. Then in March 2011, the police pulled Anthony over for speeding in Colindale, North London.
The police found a sports bag with eight ounces (226.8 grams) of herbal cannabis hidden in his Mercedes-Benz. Subsequently, Anthony was charged with possession with intent to supply a class B drug. This is an offense that carries a maximum 14-year sentence. The boxer was subsequently suspended from the GB Boxing squad. He was also sentenced to a 12-month community order and 100 hours’ unpaid work after pleading guilty at crown court.
In July 2014, Anthony named Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Larry Holmes, and Lennox Lewis as his top five greatest heavyweight boxers of all time in an interview with iFL TV. Similarly, Anthony also spoke about his positive relationship with his longtime promoter Eddie Hearn in 2020.
Anthony Joshua became a father in the year 2015 with a son named Joseph “JJ” Joshua. The mother of his son is the dance teacher Nicole Osbourne. As of now, he seems to be single currently.
Anthony Joshua stands tall at an approximate height of 1.98 meters or 6 feet 6 inches and his weight is around 108 kgs. Other than this, there is no information regarding Anthony’s other body measurement details. Moreover, Anthony has dark brown eyes and hair of the same color.
Social Media and Net Worth
Anthony Joshua joined Twitter in July 2011 and so far has over 3.3 million followers on his @anthonyjoshua account. Likewise, Anthony is available on Instagram under the username @anthonyjoshua in which the boxer has over 12.3 million followers.
Likewise, the boxer created his official “Anthony Joshua” Youtube channel on April 21, 2017. So far, this channel has over 88.7 million views and 730K subscribers. He also has more than 7.1 million followers on his Facebook page. Moving on, Anthony has a net worth of around $60 million US dollars.