Anthony Joshua

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Anthony Joshua
Anthony Joshua.jpg
Joshua in September 2012
Real name Anthony Oluwafemi Olaseni Joshua
Nickname(s) AJ
Rated at Heavyweight
Height 6 ft 6 in (198 cm)
Reach 82 in (208 cm)
Nationality British
Born (1989-10-15) 15 October 1989 (age 26)
Watford, Hertfordshire,
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 17
Wins 17
Wins by KO 17
Losses 0

Anthony Joshua, MBE (born 15 October 1989) is a British professional boxer. He is the current IBF heavyweight champion, having previously held the British, Commonwealth and WBC International heavyweight titles.[1][2][3] As an amateur he won a gold medal in the super-heavyweight division at the 2012 Olympics, and silver at the 2011 World Championships. As of June 2016, Joshua is ranked the world's sixth best heavyweight boxer by The Ring magazine, and currently boasts a 100% knockout ratio.[4]

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 being the first British heavyweight to do so. He is also the first ever boxer to win a recognized world heavyweight title, whilst still being Olympic champion at the top weight.

Early life

Joshua was born in Watford to Nigerian-born parents. His cousin is fellow unbeaten professional boxer Ben lleyemi. The pair made their professional debuts together in 2013.[5]

Joshua grew up for some of his early years in Nigeria and returned to the UK halfway through Year Seven to join Kings Langley Secondary School. Growing up on the Meriden Estate in Garston, Hertfordshire, Joshua was called 'Femi' by his friends and former teachers, due to his middle name 'Oluwafemi'. He excelled at football and athletics and broke the Year Nine 100m record with a time of 11.6 seconds.[6][7][8]

Amateur career

A late starter in the sport, Joshua only began boxing in 2007, aged 18, when his cousin suggested he take it up. His club, Finchley ABC in Barnet, North London, is also home to professional heavyweight Dereck Chisora. Joshua won the 2009 and 2010 Haringey Box Cup. Joshua won the senior ABA Championships in 2010, in only his 18th bout, and later turned down £50,000 to turn professional. "Turning down that £50,000 was easy. I didn't take up the sport for money, I want to win medals." He also went on to win the same tournament the following year.

In 2010 his domestic success earned him a place on the GB Boxing team and later the same year he became British amateur champion at the GB Amateur Boxing Championships after defeating Amin Isa. In June 2011 at the 2011 European Amateur Boxing Championships he beat Eric Berechlin and Cathal McMonagle but was stopped by aggressive Romanian southpaw Mihai Nistor after receiving several standing counts.[9] In October 2011 he was named Amateur Boxer of the Year by the Boxing Writers Club of Great Britain.

2011 World Amateur Boxing Championships

During the 2011 World Amateur Boxing Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan, Joshua marked his sudden arrival on the world scene when he beat Italian reigning World & Olympic champion Roberto Cammarelle, and went on to stop Erik Pfeifer of Germany in the semis before losing by a single point to local boxer, Magomedrasul Majidov winning a silver medal. En route to the final, Joshua secured his place at the 2012 Olympic Games in the 91 kg+ division as a relative new-comer to the elite level of the sport.

Amateur highlights

  • 2009 as a Super Heavyweight. Results were:
  • 2010 won the ABA National Championships 91 kg+ in Bethnal Green, London as a Super Heavyweight. Results were:
    • Defeated Chris Duff (United Kingdom) WO
    • Defeated Simon Hadden (United Kingdom) WO
    • Defeated Dominic Winrow (Isle of Man) RSC-1
  • 2010 won the Haringey International Tournament in Haringey, London as a Super Heavyweight. Results were:
    • Defeated Otto Wallin (Sweden) PTS
  • 2011 won the ABA National Championships 91 kg+ in Colchester, Essex as a Super Heavyweight. Results were:
    • Defeated Fayz Aboadi Abbas (United Kingdom) PTS (24-15)
  • 2011 came 7th in the 39th European Amateur Boxing Championships 91 kg+ in Ankara, Turkey as a Super Heavyweight. Results were:
    • Defeated Eric Brechlin (Germany) PTS (23-16)
    • Defeated Cathal McMonagle (Ireland) PTS (22-10)
    • Lost to Mihai Nistor (Romania) RSCH-3
  • 2011 came 2nd in the 16th 2011 AIBA World Boxing Championships 91 kg+ in Baku, Azerbaijan as a Super Heavyweight. Results were:
    • Defeated Tariq Abdul-Haqq (Trinidad and Tobago) RSCI-3
    • Defeated Juan Isidro Hiracheta (Mexico) RET-1
    • Defeated Mohamed Arjaoui (Morocco) PTS (16-7)
    • Defeated Roberto Cammarelle (Italy) PTS (15-13)
    • Defeated Erik Pfeiffer (Germany) RSCI-1
    • Lost to Magomedrasul Medzhidov (Azerbaijan) PTS (22-21)
  • 2012 Super Heavyweight Olympic Gold Medalist as a member of Team GB. His results were:

2012 Olympic Games

Joshua went into the 2012 London Olympics as a novice on the international scene, despite being a world silver medalist. He received a tough draw in the last 16 of the super heavyweight event, in Cuban Erislandy Savón, ranked #4 in the world by AIBA and nephew of the three time Olympic champion, Félix Savón. The home boxer battled through three tough rounds in his opening contest before being given the result 17:16. This decision caused some controversy with most observers believing Savon had clearly won the bout[10][11] whilst a few others taking the view that he had won on merit.[12] In his next bout he fought 2008 Beijing Olympics silver medalist, Zhang Zhilei dropping his taller opponent in the middle round, Joshua won by 15:11 guaranteeing at least a bronze medal. In the semi-final Joshua met Kazakhstan boxer, Ivan Dychko, but despite Joshua's height disadvantage he won by 13:11 victory gaining a place in the Olympic final. Joshua met 32-year-old reigning Olympic Champion and former twice World Champion, Roberto Cammarelle of Italy in the closing bout. After conceding the first two rounds (6:5 and 13:10) to Cammarelle, an adversary he had already beaten the previous year, Joshua grew into the fight and fought back to level the scores after the third round (18:18), Joshua was announced winner via count-back and the new Olympic champion.[13] The final decision was criticized by some boxing experts, being defined as a "home decision".[14]

He was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to boxing.[15][16]

Professional career

Early career

On 11 July 2013 it was confirmed that Joshua had turned professional under the Matchroom Sport promotional banner. 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 Emanuelue Leo by a TKO in the first round.[17]

Joshua's second professional fight was against English Heavyweight Paul Butlin at the Motorpoint Arena Sheffield on 26 October 2013. The bout was stopped in the 2nd round when the referee decided Butlin was taking too much punishment and declared Joshua the winner by TKO.[18]

Joshua's third professional fight was on the Prizefighter Series card against Croatian Hrvoje Kisciek on 14 November 2013. Joshua got a TKO victory in the second round, achieving his third knockout victory in a row.[19]

In February 2014, Joshua scored a 2nd round TKO victory over Dorian Darch to take his record to 4-0. The following month, on the undercard of Ricky Burns against Terence Crawford, Joshua defeated Hector Alfredo Avila with a 1st round KO, in Glasgow, Scotland. In May that year Joshua knocked out Matt Legg in one round on the undercard of Carl Froch against George Groves in Wembley Stadium. In Joshua's seventh professional fight, on 12 July 2014, in the Echo Arena, Liverpool, he defeated Englishman Matt Skelton via 2nd round stoppage.[19]

In Anthony Joshua's eighth professional fight, on 13 September 2014, against German Heavyweight Konstantin Airich, Joshua took his undefeated record to 8-0 with a 3rd round stoppage victory, in the Manchester Arena.

Joshua was in the Main-Event of a Matchroom Sport card for the second time in his career, in his 9th professional appearance for the vacant WBC International Heavyweight Title against former champion looking to win the title for a second time Denis Bakhtov on 11 October 2014 at The O2 Arena in London. Joshua won the fight by knockout in the second round taking his record to 9-0 and then winning the WBC International Heavyweight Title aged just 24.[20]

In his 10th professional bout, Joshua defeated Michael Sprott within the 1st round to extend his record to 10 wins all by stoppage. Going into this bout as he had 9 bouts all not lasting longer than 3 rounds his total career ring time was just 35 minutes and 10 seconds and after the bout it was just 36 minutes and 36 seconds in 10 bouts as a result of the bout lasting only 1 minute and 26 seconds. He 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.[21] On 4 April 2015, Joshua beat Jason Gavern as he collected a third-round knockout in his return to the ring in Newcastle. On 9 May 2015, in his 12th professional bout, Joshua defeated Raphael Zumbano Love in a second round knockout in Birmingham.

On 30 May 2015, Joshua defeated Kevin Johnson inflicting the first stoppage in Johnson's career. After Johnson was saved by the bell in the first round the fight was stopped by the referee shortly after the beginning of the second round.[22]

On 12 September 2015, Joshua won the vacant Commonwealth Heavyweight title by stopping Gary Cornish in the first round at the O2 Arena. Cornish had been unbeaten in his previous 21 fights.[23]

Joshua vs. Whyte

Joshua fought Dillian Whyte in a grudge match for the vacant British Heavyweight title on 12 December 2015, whilst also defending his Commonwealth Heavyweight title for the first time. The two had previously fought within the amateur rankings in 2009 where Whyte had won. After surviving the first scare of his career in the second round, Joshua won the fight after initially shaking Whyte with a right hook to the temple and eventually finishing with a devastating uppercut for the knockout in the seventh round, making it the furthest distance either fighter has gone in a professional fight to date. It is said that Joshua earned £3million for this fight alone, as a result of signing a new 5-year deal with Matchroom which sees him take a share of the PPV revenue earned.[24]

IBF world champion

Joshua vs. Martin

In February 2016, it was announced that Joshua would face IBF heavyweight champion Charles Martin on 9 April 2016 at the O2 Arena. Martin was making the first defence of the belt that he won in January after defeating Vyacheslav Glazkov for the vacant title. 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. Martin got to his feet only to be knocked down for a second time by a similar punch just moments later. This time Martin failed to beat the count after taking too long to get up, and the referee waved the fight off, with Joshua winning his first world title.[25]

Joshua vs. Breazeale

Promoter Eddie Hearn announced a 3-man shortlist from IBF's top ranking 15 boxers for Joshua's first defence of his title. This included former WBC heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne (25-1-2-KO21) and Eric Molina (25-3-KO19), both of whom were recently beaten by American WBC champion Deontay Wilder, alongside unbeaten upcoming fighter Dominic Breazeale (17-0-KO15). On April 25, it was announced that Joshua's next fight will be against Dominic Breazeale on 25th June 2016 at the O2 Arena in London. Breazeale was ranked 13th by IBF below British pair Derek Chisora and David Haye.[26] Breazeale became only the second boxer, after Dillian Whyte, to take Joshua past 3 rounds. After a dominant performance, Joshua successfully defended his IBF heavyweight title with a magnificent seventh-round knockout win. Breazeale was dropped heavily by a huge left hand.[27] After the fight, Eddie Hearn said Joshua could next fight IBF mandatory Joseph Parker, around November.[28] That fight averaged 289,000 viewers on Showtime in the afternoon. The card averaged 227,000 viewers.[29]

A week after the fight was announced against Breazeale, Joshua announced a new multi-fight deal with U.S. broadcaster Showtime. The fight screened live in the States by Showtime after they signed up as Joshua's exclusive U.S. partner.[30]

Personal life

Joshua has expressed an interest in chess as well as reading as a way to reinforce his boxing and tactical abilities.[31] He was a bricklayer before taking up boxing full-time.[32]

In 2009, Joshua was put on remand in Reading Prison for what he describes as "fighting and other crazy stuff". He was made to wear an electronic tag on his ankle when released.[33][34]

In March 2011, Joshua was pulled over by Police for speeding in Colindale, North London. He was found with 8ozs of herbal cannabis hidden in a sports bag in his Mercedes Benz. He was charged with possession with intent to supply a class B drug, an offence that carries a maximum 14-year sentence. Joshua was suspended from GB boxing squad and was sentenced to a 12-month community order and 100 hours’ unpaid work after pleading guilty at crown court.[34][35]

Professional boxing record

17 fights, 17 wins (17 knockouts), 0 losses
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
17 Win 17–0 United States Dominic Breazeale TKO 7 (12), 1:01 25 Jun 2016 United Kingdom The O2 Arena, London, England Retained IBF heavyweight title
16 Win 16–0 United States Charles Martin KO 2 (12), 1:32 9 Apr 2016 United Kingdom The O2 Arena, London, England Won IBF heavyweight title
15 Win 15–0 United Kingdom Dillian Whyte TKO 7 (12), 1:27 12 Dec 2015 United Kingdom The O2 Arena, London, England Retained WBC International and Commonwealth heavyweight titles;
Won vacant British heavyweight title
14 Win 14–0 United Kingdom Gary Cornish TKO 1 (12), 1:37 12 Sep 2015 United Kingdom The O2 Arena, London, England Retained WBC International heavyweight title;
Won vacant Commonwealth heavyweight title
13 Win 13–0 United States Kevin Johnson TKO 2 (10), 1:22 30 May 2015 United Kingdom The O2 Arena, London, England Retained WBC International heavyweight title
12 Win 12–0 Brazil Raphael Zumbano Love TKO 2 (8), 1:21 9 May 2015 United Kingdom Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham, England
11 Win 11–0 United States Jason Gavern KO 3 (8), 1:21 4 Apr 2015 United Kingdom Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle, England
10 Win 10–0 United Kingdom Michael Sprott TKO 1 (10), 1:26 22 Nov 2014 United Kingdom Echo Arena, Liverpool, England
9 Win 9–0 Russia Denis Bakhtov TKO 2 (10), 1:00 11 Oct 2014 United Kingdom The O2 Arena, London, England Won vacant WBC International heavyweight title
8 Win 8–0 Germany Konstantin Airich TKO 3 (8), 1:16 13 Sep 2014 United Kingdom Phones 4u Arena, Manchester, England
7 Win 7–0 United Kingdom Matt Skelton TKO 2 (6), 2:33 12 Jul 2014 United Kingdom Echo Arena, Liverpool, England
6 Win 6–0 United Kingdom Matt Legg KO 1 (6), 1:23 31 May 2014 United Kingdom Wembley Stadium, London, England
5 Win 5–0 Argentina Hector Avila KO 1 (6), 2:14 1 Mar 2014 United Kingdom SECC, Glasgow, Scotland
4 Win 4–0 United Kingdom Dorian Darch TKO 2 (6), 0:51 1 Feb 2014 United Kingdom Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, Wales
3 Win 3–0 Croatia Hrvoje Kisicek TKO 2 (6), 1:38 14 Nov 2013 United Kingdom York Hall, London, England
2 Win 2–0 United Kingdom Paul Butlin TKO 2 (6), 0:50 26 Oct 2013 United Kingdom Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield, England
1 Win 1–0 Italy Emanuele Leo TKO 1 (6), 2:47 5 Oct 2013 United Kingdom The O2 Arena, London, England Professional debut

Titles in boxing

Regional titles
Title last held by
Alexander Povetkin
WBC International heavyweight champion
30 May 2014 – 9 April 2016
Title last held by
Lucas Browne
Commonwealth heavyweight champion
12 September 2015 – 9 April 2016
Title last held by
Tyson Fury
British heavyweight champion
12 December 2015 – 9 April 2016
World titles
Preceded by
Charles Martin
IBF heavyweight champion
9 April 2016 – present

See also


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