Anthony Joshua

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Anthony Joshua, MBE
Anthony Joshua.jpg
Joshua in September 2012
Real name Anthony Oluwafemi Olaseni Joshua
Nickname(s) AJ
Rated at Heavyweight
Height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)[1]
Reach 83 in (211 cm)
Nationality British
Born (1989-10-15) 15 October 1989 (age 26)
Watford, Hertfordshire,
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 14
Wins 14
Wins by KO 14
Losses 0

Anthony Oluwafemi Olaseni Joshua, MBE (born 15 October 1989) is a British professional boxer. He is the current WBC International and Commonwealth heavyweight champion.[2][3][4] As an amateur he won a gold medal in the super heavyweight division at the 2012 Olympics, and a silver medal at the 2011 World Amateur Boxing Championships. Joshua is currently listed as #2 in the British heavyweight rankings.[5][6]

Early life[edit]

Joshua was born in Watford to a Nigerian mother and an English father of Nigerian and Irish descent.[7] He attended school at Kings Langley Secondary School.[8][9]

Amateur career[edit]

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.[10] In October 2011 he was named Amateur Boxer of the Year by the Boxing Writers Club of Great Britain.

2011 World Amateur Boxing Championships[edit]

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[edit]

  • 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 Olympics Games[edit]

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 Savon, ranked #4 in the world by AIBA and nephew of the three time Olympic champion, Felix Savon. 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[11][12] whilst a few others taking the view that he had won on merit.[13] In his next bout he fought 2008 Beijing Olympics silver medalist, Zhilei Zhang 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 round to Cammarelle, a man he had already beaten the previous year, Joshua grew into the fight and fought back to level the scores after the third round, Joshua was announced winner via count-back and the new Olympic champion.[14] The final decision was criticized by some boxing experts, being defined as a "home decision".[15]

He was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to boxing.[16][17]

Professional career[edit]

On 24 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.[18]

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.[19]

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.[citation needed]

On 1 February 2014 on the undercard of Lee Selby against Rendall Munroe, Joshua scored a 2nd round TKO victory over Dorian Darch to take his record to 4-0.[citation needed]

On 1 March 2014 on the undercard of Ricky Burns against Terence Crawford, Joshua defeated Hector Alfredo Avila with a 1st round KO, in Glasgow, Scotland.[citation needed]

On 31 May 2014, Joshua knocked out Matt Legg in one round on the undercard of Carl Froch against George Groves in Wembley Stadium.[citation needed]

In Joshua's seventh professional fight, on 12 July 2014, in the Echo Arena, Liverpool, he defeated Englishman Matt Skelton via 2nd round stoppage.[citation needed]

In Anthony Joshua's eight 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 against Denis Bakhtov on 11 October 2014 at The O2 Arena in London, for the WBC International Heavyweight Title. Joshua won the fight by knockout in the second round taking his record to 9-0.[20]

In his 10th professional bout, Joshua defeated Michael Sprott within the 1st round to extend his record to 10 wins all by stoppage. 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 is scheduled to fight Dillian Whyte for the vacant British Heavyweight title on 12 December 2015, whilst also defending his Commonwealth Heavyweight title for the first time. The two have previously fought within the amateur rankings in 2009.

Professional boxing record[edit]

14 fights, 14 wins (14 knockouts), 0 losses[24]
Result Record Opponent Type Round, Time Date Location Notes
N/A N/A United Kingdom Dillian Whyte N/A – (12) 2015-12-12 United Kingdom The O2 Arena, Greenwich, London Defending WBC International & Commonwealth Heavyweight titles.
For vacant British Heavyweight title.
Win 14–0 United Kingdom Gary Cornish TKO 1 (12), 1:37 2015-09-12 United Kingdom The O2 Arena, Greenwich, London Retained WBC International Heavyweight title.
Won vacant Commonwealth Heavyweight title.
Win 13–0 United States Kevin Johnson TKO 2 (10), 1:22 2015-05-30 United Kingdom The O2 Arena, Greenwich, London Retained WBC International Heavyweight title.
Win 12–0 Brazil Raphael Zumbano Love KO 2 (8), 1:21 2015-05-09 United Kingdom Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham, West Midlands
Win 11–0 United States Jason Gavern KO 3 (8), 1:21 2015-04-04 United Kingdom Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle, Tyne and Wear
Win 10–0 United Kingdom Michael Sprott TKO 1 (10), 1:26 2014-11-22 United Kingdom Echo Arena, Liverpool, Merseyside British Heavyweight Title Eliminator.
Win 9–0 Russia Denis Bakhtov TKO 2 (10), 1:00 2014-10-11 United Kingdom The O2 Arena, Greenwich, London Won vacant WBC International Heavyweight title.
Win 8–0 Germany Konstantin Airich TKO 3 (8), 1:16 2014-09-13 United Kingdom Phones 4u Arena, Manchester, Greater Manchester
Win 7–0 United Kingdom Matt Skelton TKO 2 (6), 2:33 2014-07-12 United Kingdom Echo Arena, Liverpool, Merseyside
Win 6–0 United Kingdom Matt Legg KO 1 (6), 1:23 2014-05-31 United Kingdom Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London
Win 5–0 Argentina Hector Avila KO 1 (6), 2:14 2014-03-01 United Kingdom SECC Arena, Finnieston, Glasgow
Win 4–0 United Kingdom Dorian Darch TKO 2 (6), 0:51 2014-02-01 United Kingdom Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, Glamorgan
Win 3–0 Croatia Hrvoje Kisicek TKO 2 (6), 1:38 2013-11-14 United Kingdom York Hall, Bethnal Green, London
Win 2–0 United Kingdom Paul Butlin TKO 2 (6), 0:50 2013-10-26 United Kingdom Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield, Yorkshire
Win 1–0 Italy Emanuele Leo TKO 1 (6), 2:47 2013-10-05 United Kingdom The O2 Arena, Greenwich, London Professional debut.

Personal life[edit]

Anthony Joshua grew up in Watford, Hertfordshire, before moving to Coventry in the West Midlands before later moving to live with family in London where he took up boxing.[25] Before boxing Joshua worked as a bricklayer and on building sites.[26] In 2011, Joshua was arrested for possessing cannabis with intent to supply. At a Crown Court hearing, he was sentenced to a 12-month community order and 100 hours' unpaid work after pleading guilty to the offence.[27] Joshua has expressed an interest in chess as well as reading as a way to reinforce his boxing and tactical abilities. [28]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "GB Eyes More Medals As Games Draw To Close". Sky News. Retrieved 13 September 2014. 
  3. ^ "Anthony Oluwafemi Olaseni Joshua". 1989-10-15. Retrieved 2012-08-12. 
  4. ^ "Anthony Joshua - Team GB - London 2012 Olympics". Telegraph. 3 August 2012. Retrieved 2012-08-12. 
  5. ^ "British heavyweight rankings". Retrieved 2015-09-28. 
  6. ^ "Tyson Fury". 
  7. ^ "London 2012 Olympics: Anthony Joshua puts thoughts of going for Games gold ahead of professional career". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 7 February 2015. 
  8. ^ "Audley Harrison and David Price believe Watford-born Anthony Joshua and Finchley ABC's can win Olympic gold". 9 August 2012. Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  9. ^ Williams, David (13 August 2012). "The golden boy who seized his second chance: Triumph of boxer spared jail for drug-dealing". The Daily Mail (London). Retrieved 13 August 2012. 
  10. ^ "European 2011" (PDF). Retrieved 2015-07-17. 
  11. ^ Jeff Powell (1 August 2012). "Joshua scrapes through Olympic debut with single point win over Cuban Savon". Mail Online. Retrieved 1 August 2012. 
  12. ^ "Olympic boxing: Controversies highlight the failures of scoring system". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
  13. ^ "London 2012: Team GB boxer Anthony Joshua through on merit not luck". The Guardian. 2 August 2012. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  14. ^ Dirs, Ben (12 August 2012). "Olympics boxing: Anthony Joshua wins super-heavyweight gold". BBC Sport. Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  15. ^ "Hart believes Anthony Joshua received a home town decision in winning Olympic Gold". 2012-08-17. Retrieved 2015-07-17. 
  16. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 60367. p. 25. 29 December 2012.
  17. ^ "Cabinet Office" (PDF). Retrieved 2015-07-17. 
  18. ^ "Anthony Joshua starts pro career with quick knockout of Emanuele Leo". The Observer. Retrieved 6 October 2013. 
  19. ^ "Anthony Joshua knocks out Paul Butlin in the second round at the Motorpoint Arena". 27 October 2013. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  20. ^ "Anthony Joshua to fight Denis Bakhtov in October for WBC International title". Sky Sports. 
  21. ^ "Injured Joshua pulls out of Johnson fight". ESPN. 
  22. ^ "Anthony Joshua stops Kevin Johnson inside two rounds at O2 Arena". Sky Sports. 
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  24. ^ Professional boxing record for Anthony Joshua from BoxRec. Retrieved 2015-11-26.
  25. ^ Davies, Gareth A. "London 2012 Olympics: Anthony Joshua puts thoughts of going for Games gold ahead of professional career". Telegraph Online. Retrieved 30 May 2014. 
  26. ^ Dirs, Ben (26 July 2013). "Olympic champion Anthony Joshua hoping to inspire a nation". BBC News. Retrieved 30 May 2014. 
  27. ^ Stafford, Ian (28 April 2012). "Getting busted for drugs taught me how much I want that Olympic gold, says British title hope Joshua". (London). Retrieved 26 August 2012. 
  28. ^ Bose, Mihir (17 September 2013). "Anthony Joshua: Pro fights are entertainment but going for gold is pressure". Evening Standard. Retrieved 30 May 2014. 

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