First Steps Towards Success
Anthony was born in the United Kingdom but spent part of his childhood growing up in his ancestral homeland of Nigeria before returning to the UK, aged 12 to attend Secondary School in Watford.
He was a phenomenal athlete growing up and it could be argued that the promise he showed both as a sprinter and as a footballer would have allowed him as successful a career in either of these fields as he is having as a boxer. He came to boxing late, aged 18 in 2007 where he joined Finchley ABC in Barnet, North London and in a short couple of years found himself the proud holder of the Haringey Boxing Cup two years running, in 2009 and 2010.
“When it’s all said and done. It’s not the man who shouts the loudest, but the man with the most hunger, that will emerge from battle victorious.”
A British Gold
Anthony entered his 20s winning all of his 18 fights at Amateur level, including winning the Senior ABA Championships in 2010. He was to then turn down the offer of £50,000 to turn professional.
In 2011, Anthony started to stamp his mark globally on the Boxing scene by securing a place at the 2012 London Olympic Games. Representing his nation in a home Olympics, AJ stood out as one of the shining lights as he won the Gold Medal in the Super Heavyweight division.
He was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2013 New Year’s Honours list for his services to boxing.
“As long as there is no enemy within, the enemy outside can do you no harm.”
Becoming a Champion
Anthony eventually turned professional in July 2013, signing with Matchroom Boxing. For the next three years, he remained undefeated in all 19 of his fights. This included his first successful defence of a title; the Heavyweight belt that he won in April 2016 against USA’s Charles Martin and retained in a fight with Dominic Breazeale later that year in June, knocking him down twice in the 7th round. AJ wound up the year by retaining it for a third time in December against Eric Molina.
WBA Super Heavyweight Title
Anthony Joshua produced the performance of his career to add the WBA Super Heavyweight title to his IBF belt as he beat Wladimir Klitschko by TKO in the 11th round at Wembley Stadium.
90,000 fans enjoyed an unbelievable display of everything boxing has to offer and in the end Joshua threw his arms in the air as deafening roars echoed around Wembley in what was his toughest test to date.