The world’s third best active heavyweight boxer in 2019 according to BoxRec, Anthony Joshua is a former unified world heavyweight champion – with a truly impressive record in his professional career.
Joshua came to prominence as a broad and tall teenager, after only taking up the sport at the age of 18. By 2010 and the age of 21 he had won the ABA Championship. At this time he was offered a professional contract, but turned down the lure of £50k to pursue his dream, saying: “Turning down that £50,000 was easy. I didn’t take up the sport for money, I want to win medals.”
His success on the domestic front, winning the 2010 and 2011 English National Championships as well as the 2010 Great Britain Championships won him a place in the GB Boxing team. By the tail end of 2011 he had a silver medal from the World Championships in Baku, was named Amateur Boxer of the Year by the Boxing Writers Club of Great Britain and earned his place at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Joshua would then go on to become a national treasure at his hometown Olympics. The Watford local went all the way to the final, beating former World and Olympic champion Roberto Cammerelle, as he did in the World Championships to end the tournament with his gold medal dream.
Joshua’s inspirational rise saw him appointed an MBE in 2013 for services to boxing. While many would define his early career as success enough, for Joshua, this was just the beginning
He finally turned professional in the summer of 2013 and made his debut at the O2 Arena in London, when he won by a TKO in the opening round. His following fights continued in a similar vein, with his first six pro fights all finishing in a knockout within the first three rounds.
In 2015, Joshua became the British and Commonwealth champion for the first time after beating then IBO Intercontinental Champion, Gary Cornish. Next he would fight Dillian Whyte who had twice beaten Joshua at amateur level. But Joshua defended his title with a seventh-round knockout.
2016 saw Joshua become one of the biggest boxers in the world. He first became IBF Heavyweight Champion before beating Wladimir Klitchko to win the vacant WBA Super title. Further impressive victories followed, making Joshua the unified heavyweight champion in 2017. He would hold the titles until his 2019 loss against American fighter Andy Ruiz Jr at Madison Square Garden. A rematch was scheduled for December 2019.
A powerful and talented fighter with extraordinary ability, Anthony Joshua is one of the greatest British boxers in history. Also known for his humility and values, he is one of the world’s most likeable sports stars, which has led to his extreme popularity with audiences as the sports speaker at corporate, academic and sporting events.
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- Peak Performance
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