Who is Anthony Joshua? IBF heavyweight champ went from prison to boxing glory

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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.

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Anthony Joshua will look to become undisputed heavyweight champion of the world this Saturday

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.

Anthony Joshua is the IBF heavyweight champion

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Anthony Joshua is the IBF heavyweight champion

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.

Anthony Joshua gets into training for his fight with Klitschko with Beats Headphones

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.

Joshua faces a huge fight against Wladimir Klitschko on Saturday

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Joshua faces a huge fight against Wladimir Klitschko on Saturday

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.

Many believe his earning potential to be greater than that of Floyd Mayweather

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Many believe his earning potential to be greater than that of Floyd Mayweather

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.


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