Anthony Oluwafemi Olaseni Joshua, OBE (born 15 October 1989) is a professional boxer from the United Kingdom. He is a two-time unified world heavyweight champion, having held the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO championships since December 2019, as well as the WBA (Super) title between 2016 and June 2019. From 2015 to 2016, he held the British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles.
Joshua competed as an amateur for England in the super-heavyweight event at the 2011 World Championships, winning a silver medal. He also won gold for Great Britain at the 2012 Olympics.
He was voted Prospect of the Year by The Ring magazine in 2014, a year after going professional. His victory over Wladimir Klitschko in 2017 was voted 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 an Olympic gold medal and a major professional sanctioning body world title, and the first British heavyweight to do so.
Joshua is ranked as the world’s second-best active heavyweight by The Ring, Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, and BoxRec as of June 2021, as well as the seventh-best active boxer, pound for pound, by BoxRec.
He has been listed among the world’s top 10 heavyweights by BoxRec since 2014, and he was ranked first at the end of 2016 and 2017. In world heavyweight title fights, Joshua’s knockout-to-win percentage is 91.67 per cent, with an overall knockout percentage of 70 per cent.
Oluwafemi Olaseni, Anthony Oluwafemi Joshua, the son of Yeta and Robert Joshua, was born on October 15, 1989, in Watford, Hertfordshire. His mother is Nigerian, while his father is Nigerian and Irish.
Joshua’s Nigerian ancestry may be traced back to the Yoruba people, among whom he has noble rank. His cousin, Ben Ileyemi, is a professional boxer as well. In 2013, the two made their professional debuts together. Joshua spent some of his childhood in Nigeria as a boarding student at Mayflower School in Ikenne.
Joshua, began boxing in 2007, at the age of 18, after his cousin encouraged it. Derek Chisora, a professional heavyweight, trains at his club, Finchley ABC in Barnet, North London. Joshua won the Haringey Box Cup in 2009 and 2010.
Joshua won the senior ABA Championships in only his 18th fight in 2010 and afterwards turned away a £50,000 contract to turn professional. “It was simple to decline the £50,000 offer. I’m not in it for the money; I’m in it for the medals.” He also went on to win the same championship the following year. His domestic performance won him a spot on the GB Boxing team in 2010.
Later that year he defeated Amin Isa to become British amateur champion at the GB Championships. At the 2011 European Championships in June, he defeated Germany’s Eric Brechlin 23:16 and Ireland’s Cathal McMonagle 22:10 before being halted by Romanian southpaw Mihai Nistor after numerous standing counts.
The Boxing Writers Club of Great Britain honoured him Amateur Boxer of the Year in October 2011. Joshua has a 40–3 amateur record. In the 2013 New Year Honours, he was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to boxing.
Anthony Joshua vs. Gary Cornish (British and Commonwealth champion)
On July 16, 2015, it was announced that Joshua would face undefeated Scottish boxer Gary Cornish (21–0, 12 KOs) for the vacant Commonwealth heavyweight title on September 12 at The O2 Arena in London.
Cornish was the IBO Intercontinental champion at the time of the fight. Joshua claimed the vacant title by halting Cornish in the first round after only 90 seconds. Cornish was knocked out twice before the fight was declared over.
Charles Martin vs. Anthony Joshua
Charles Martin vs. Anthony Joshua (IBF heavyweight champion)
Joshua was scheduled to fight IBF heavyweight champion Charles Martin (23–0–1, 21 KOs) on April 9, 2016, at the O2 Arena. Martin was defending the belt he gained after defeating Vyacheslav Glazkov for the vacant title in January 2016.
In the first round, Joshua set the tone and kept the southpaw Martin at bay before dropping him to the mat with a straight right hand in the second. Martin rose to his feet, only to be struck down again by a similar hit moments later.
Martin failed to beat the count this time after taking too long to get up, and the referee waved the fight off, giving Joshua his first world title.
Anthony Joshua vs. Wladimir Klitschko
Anthony Joshua vs. Wladimir Klitschko (Unified heavyweight champion)
The WBA agreed to sanction a unification fight between Joshua and Klitschko for the vacant WBA (Super) championship, which was formerly held by Tyson Fury, on November 2, 2016. Joshua won by TKO in front of a post-war record crowd of 90,000 in a high-drama war in which both men gave their best.
At the moment of the stoppage, Joshua was ahead on two of the judges’ scorecards, 96–93 and 95–93, while Klitschko was ahead on the third, 95–93. According to CompuBox statistics, Joshua landed 107 of his 355 punches thrown (30 percent), while Klitschko landed 94 of 256. (37 percent ).
Anthony Joshua vs. Joseph Parker
Anthony Joshua vs. Joseph Parker (WBO heavyweight title)
Joshua was forced to go the distance for the first time in his 20–0 career, defeating Parker through twelve-round unanimous decision (UD) to capture Parker’s WBO heavyweight title, as well as retain his WBA (Super), IBF, and IBO crowns. Joshua won the fight by scores of 118–110 twice and 119–109 once.
Anthony Joshua vs. Andy Ruiz Jr.
Anthony Joshua vs. Andy Ruiz Jr.
With one month until fight night, Joshua vs. Ruiz was confirmed and revealed to take place at Madison Square Garden in New York City exclusively on DAZN in the United States on May 1.
Joshua knocked out Ruiz in the third round for the first bout in his career. Ruiz beat the count and went on to earn his own knockdown moments later. In a dramatic turnaround, Joshua was down again near the end of the round.
Joshua survived the following few rounds, but after two more knockdowns in the seventh round, the referee waved the fight off, giving Ruiz the win by TKO in the seventh round and retaining all four of Joshua’s heavyweight belts.
Anthony Joshua vs. Andy Ruiz Jr. II
Anthony Joshua vs. Andy Ruiz Jr. II
Joshua exacted instant vengeance for his first professional defeat, easily outpointing a dreadfully out-of-shape Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia. AJ was more cautious than in prior fights, altering his style to box from the outside, reducing the risk of being caught by Ruiz, as he had been at Madison Square Garden.
The fight set a new domestic record for PPV purchases, with 1.6 million individuals paying £24.99 to see the fight. Joshua successfully defended his IBF, WBA, and WBO world heavyweight belts.
Anthony Joshua’s professional record consists of 25 fights, 24 of which he has won and one of which he has lost. Only two of Joshua’s fights have gone the full distance, with 22 victories coming within the distance.
Anthony Joshua Record
|Total fights : ||25|
|Wins : ||24|
|Wins by KO :||22|
|Real name : ||Anthony Oluwafemi Olaseni Joshua|
|Nickname(s) : ||AJ|
|Weight(s) : ||Heavyweight|
|Height : ||6 ft 6 in (198 cm)|
|Reach : ||82 in (208 cm)|
|Nationality : ||British|
|DOB : ||15-10-1989|
|Age : ||31|
|Place : ||Watford, Hertfordshire, England|
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