with the aid of Joe Apu
Nigerian-British born Olympic gold medalist, Anthony Joshua faces the largest combat of his existence in opposition to Wladimir Klitschko nowadays.
by the way, a win for the pride of British boxing will be the fruits of a fantastic ride from being remand in custody to fighting in entrance of 90,000 at Wembley Stadium.
The boxer who was born in Watford to Nigerian oldsters in 1989 spent a few of his early years in Nigeria, ahead of returning to Watford half method via yr 7 and attending Kings Langley Secondary faculty.
called ‘Femi’ by way of his friends and former academics, because of his center title ‘Oluwafemi’, Joshua excelled at soccer and athletics, working the 100m in simply 11.6 seconds when he was in 12 months 9.
He began boxing in 2007, aged 18.
Joshua went into the London 2012 Olympics as a global silver medalist but in the closing he gained Olympic gold against reigning champion Roberto Cammarelle on a countback after tying on factors (18-18).
given that turning skilled in July 2013, when he signed a deal with Matchroom Boxing, he is 18-0 and received the British heavyweight title in 2015 after knocking out Dilian Whyte within the seventh spherical.
And in April 2016 he knocked out Charles Martin in the second to clinch the IBF heavyweight championship, which he still holds lately.
AJ made his debut simply three months after turning skilled, and amid enormous fanfare, he destroyed his opponent.
Italian Emanuele Leo lasted just 2mins 47secs of the battle on the O2 arena London, sooner than referee Ian John Lewis waved the struggle off.
In 2009 he used to be put on remand in reading prison for what he describes as “fighting and other loopy stuff”. The boxer faced the prospect of a ten-12 months sentence, which can have viewed him still in detention center now, but used to be instead launched and forced to wear a tag for over a 12 months. And in 2011 he used to be charged with possession of cannabis with intent to produce, sentenced to a hundred hours of group carrier and suspended from the good Britain boxing squad.
Joshua claims that the response of shame he got from friends, family – in particular his mother – yes him to turn his lifestyles around.
The Olympic champ additionally has a one-12 months-previous son along with his ex-female friend Nicola Osbourne.
Anthony Joshua swatted away accusations he has taken an easy route to his mega-combat with Wladimir Klitschko.
Joshua has handiest boxed forty four rounds in 18 professional fights — figures dwarfed by using the 358 rounds amassed in 68 bouts through his Ukrainian opponent who ruled the heavyweight division for a decade.
the lack of elite opposition in Joshua’s rise is what makes the IBF champion such an unknown amount going into his 19th professional combat. the issue of expertise has been held up as a think about Klitschko’s favour by means of Lennox Lewis. however Joshua has rejected suggestions that he’s undercooked, despite by no means going beyond the seventh spherical.
He said: ‘take a look at it this manner, who have been Tyson Fury and Lennox preventing of their 19th struggle? folks say I had a very easy path to the championship, but I didn’t need to take on Charles Martin (for the world title in his sixteenth battle). ‘I should have said, “No, I’m going to defend the British title outright, I should keep the place i am”.
‘We upward thrust to the get together every time and that’s what combating is all about. Don’t backtrack from any challenge.’
as a way to have a clear and targeted concentration tonight, Joshua banned his mum from Wembley for his clash with Wladimir Klitschko.
on the other hand the IBF heavyweight champion’s father will likely be at the struggle. He advised Sky sports: “My old man can be there however I don’t actually let my mum come to my fights.
“I’ve banned her. It’s now not a place the place you want to see your kid, I don’t think, at a struggle. My dad can watch it, but now not my mum.
“i would reasonably she now not be there. certainly one of my cousins will call her after the struggle. She enjoys all of it, although, and he or she gets a number of freebies.”
IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko will fight for the vacant WBA and IBO belts that are up for grabs.
Klitschko misplaced his ultimate combat to Tyson Fury – the 41-12 months-outdated’s first loss in over ten years.
Joshua received’t be taking so much from that combat though, as he see himself and Fury as utterly totally different combatants.