Everything you need to know about Olympic gold medalist Anthony Joshua ahead of his fight with Wladimir Klitschko
ANTHONY JOSHUA faces the biggest fight of his life against Wladimir Klitschko on Saturday.
A victory would be the culmination of an incredible journey from being remand in custody to fighting in front of 90,000 at Wembley Stadium.
Here is everything you need to know as Joshua looks to become undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.
Who is Anthony Joshua and where did he grow up?
Anthony Joshua was born in Watford to Nigerian parents in 1989.
He spent some of his early years in Nigeria, before returning to Watford half way through Year 7 and attending Kings Langley Secondary School.
Called ‘Femi’ by his friends and former teachers, due to his middle name ‘Oluwafemi’, Joshua excelled at football and athletics, running the 100m in just 11.6 seconds when he was in Year 9.
He began boxing in 2007, aged 18.
What are Anthony Joshua’s career highlights?
Joshua went into the London 2012 Olympics as a world silver medalist.
In the final he won Olympic gold against reigning champion Roberto Cammarelle on a countback after tying on points (18-18).
Since turning professional in July 2013, when he signed a deal with Matchroom Boxing, he is 18-0.
Joshua won the British heavyweight title in 2015 after knocking out Dilian Whyte in the 7th round.
And in April 2016 he knocked out Charles Martin in the second to clinch the IBF heavyweight championship, which he still holds today.
When did Joshua make his debut?
AJ made his debut just three months after turning professional, and amid huge fanfare, he destroyed his opponent.
Italian Emanuele Leo lasted just 2mins 47secs of the fight at the O2 Arena London, before referee Ian John Lewis waved the fight off.
To be fair to Leo, he actually lasted longer than some of Joshua’s other opponents who have hit the canvas early doors.
What about Anthony Joshua’s personal life?
Joshua has had it tough, growing up on Watford’s Meriden estate.
In 2009 he was put on remand in Reading Prison for what he describes as “fighting and other crazy stuff”.
The boxer faced the prospect of a ten-year sentence, which could have seen him still in jail now, but was instead released and forced to wear a tag for over a year.
And in 2011 he was charged with possession of cannabis with intent to supply, sentenced to 100 hours of community service and suspended from the Great Britain boxing squad.
Joshua claims that the reaction of shame he received from friends, family – particularly his mother – convinced him to turn his life around.
The Olympic champ also has a one-year-old son with his ex-girlfriend Nicola Osbourne.
How much money has Joshua made in boxing?
Joshua is believed to be worth around £13million – after just 17 professional fights.
Although he won many tournaments as an amateur, most if not all of his wealth has been earned since turning pro.
In his December 2015 fight, a seventh round KO of old foe Dillian Whyte, he collected £3million.
That figure is set to quadruple after Saturday’s fight with Wladimir Klitschko, which is believed to be worth around £42m.
And some experts have claimed his earning potential is bigger than that of Floyd Mayweather.
Paul Pogba and his Manchester United team-mates pile into training in their flashy motors ahead of this week’s massive derby clash
Cristiano Ronaldo’s girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez axes party to toast Real Madrid’s El Clasico win and is banned from organising any more
Manchester United in advanced talks with Monaco to sign Chelsea target Bernardo Silva for £42.5m
Watch as midfielder N’Golo Kante celebrates with Chelsea team-mates after being crowned PFA Player of the Year
PEP FANCIES TASTY DELE
Pep wants to bring Dele Alli to Man City in WORLD RECORD deal, says Barca legend Xavi
NO rash moves
Marcus Rashford happy to play second fiddle to Man Utd’s next star striker as Antoine Griezmann is targeted
Got their Mann?
Man United ‘agree financial deal’ for Atletico Madrid and France superstar Antoine Griezmann
lucky fit for blues
Chelsea’s luck with injuries has given them edge in race for Premier League title
Mann for United
Manchester United have shown ‘concrete interest’ in signing Antoine Griezmann confirms player’s agent
Dynamo Kiev ultras in KKK masks launch horrific ‘white frenzy’ demo over rivals Shakhtar Donetsk’s black players
Florentin Pogba reveals he would love to join brother Paul in the Premier League when he leaves St Etienne
Neym of the Game
Barcelona chief rules out Neymar exit and says Juventus ace Paulo Dybala would be wasted at Nou Camp
Up four it
Jose Mourinho says Red Devils have ‘correct approach’ as focus is not on his rivalry with Pep but on top four
Jul in the crown
Hollywood megastar Julia Roberts left starstruck as she meets Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Co after dramatic El Clasico
What TV channel is Chelsea vs Southampton on, what time is kick off, and what is the latest team news?
Marcos Alonso reveals he was so ill at Manchester United he fell asleep in second half on team bus
Andrea Belotti tells Chelsea and Manchester United he is not worth £84million buyout fee
Kneesy does it
Kenny Omega hits out at Seth Rollins after WWE star’s new finisher is similar to the V-Trigger
Tottenham star Danny Rose could return from his injury hell to face Arsenal in derby this weekend
Lionel Messi confirms himself as the greatest of all time with stunning winner and EPIC celebration in El Clasico