ANTHONY JOSHUA was personally delivered a good-luck letter from the warrior Nigerian tribe he’s descended from on Friday.
The IBF and WBA heavyweight champion of the world is fiercely pleased with his African roots, with a Nigeria tattoo etched for eternity on his bicep.
And – after the title defence Carlos Takam in Wales on Saturday – he has goals of following in hero Muhammad Ali’s footsteps and staging a battle in Africa.
The trail is already paved for Nigeria’s golden youngster to make a prodigal return with chief barrister Bob Olukoya flying in to Cardiff in conventional flowing robes to fulfill with the boxing sensation.
His Royal Highness, Ooni of Ife, stated: “Anthony is from the Nigeria, he’s from the Yoruba tribe in Nigeria and the worldwide chief of Yoruba land has personally despatched me right here to ship this goodwill message.
“I flew in yesterday simply to return and ship this to Anthony, he now has one and I’ll take again the opposite one to point out to the individuals.
“Anthony could be very indigenous, going proper again to earlier than his grandparents. We’re all from the identical space.
“We was once warriors, we have been combative within the 15th and 16th century so we’re not stunned that certainly one of us has bought to this stage at this place.”
Not like most elders, Chief Olukoya is pleased with younger AJ’s physique artwork with the define of Nigeria on the boxer’s arm inspiring a technology of younger African fighters.
Speaking concerning the tattoo, Chief Olukoya stated: “It’s wonderful, it is among the causes I’m right here at present.
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“He has identified with us, he is one of us, all the young people look up to him and you cannot get better than that.”
And Abiodun Ilori, head of the Nigerian boxing board of control insists Africa is ready and waiting to host a super showdown with their new poster-boy headlining.
With eyes in a modern version of the iconic Rumble in the Jungle Ali and George Foreman contested in Zaire in 1974, Ilori said: “We have everything in place like you have here but we just needed the inspiration and now we have him.
“Now we have Anthony we have to thank Britain, his parents, his trainers and promoters because they have got him here.
“We are just waiting for the right time to get the right sponsor but we have the right infrastructure.”
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