|Anthony Oluwafemi Olaseni Joshua|
|6 ft 6 in (198 cm)|
|82 in (208 cm)|
|October 15, 1989|
Watford, Hertfordshire, England
|19 wins, 0 losses, 0 draws, 19 KO's|
|Olympic Medals won:|
|Gold at the 2012 Olympic Games|
Anthony Joshua (born 15 October 1989) is a British Professional boxer. He is currently a unified world heavyweight champion, having held the IBF heavyweight title since 2016, and the WBA (Super) and IBO titles since April 2017. He formerly held the British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles from 2015 to 2016. Joshua is ranked as the best heavyweight boxer by BoxRec. He boasts a 100% KO record.
Amateur career Edit
A late starter in the sport, Joshua only began boxing in 2007, aged 18, when his cousin suggested he take it up. His club, Finchley ABC in Barnet, North London, is also home to professional heavyweight Dereck Chisora. Joshua won the 2009 and 2010 Haringey Box Cup. Joshua won the senior ABA Championships in 2010, in only his 18th bout, and later turned down £50,000 to turn professional. "Turning down that £50,000 was easy. I didn't take up the sport for money, I want to win medals." He also went on to win the same tournament the following year.
In 2010 his domestic success earned him a place on the GB Boxing team and later the same year he became British amateur champion at the GB Amateur Boxing Championships after defeating Amin Isa. In June 2011 at the 2011 European Amateur Boxing Championships he beat Eric Berechlin and Cathal McMonagle but was stopped by aggressive Romanian southpaw Mihai Nistor after receiving several standing counts. In October 2011 he was named Amateur Boxer of the Year by the Boxing Writers Club of Great Britain.
Joshua had an amateur record of 40-3
Professional career Edit
On 12 September 2015, Joshua won the vacant Commonwealth Heavyweight title by stopping Gary Cornish in the first round at the O2 Arena. Cornish had been unbeaten in his previous 21 fights. In February 2016, it was announced that Joshua would face IBF heavyweight champion Charles Martin on 9 April 2016 at the O2 Arena. Martin was making the first defence of the belt that he won in January after defeating Vyacheslav Glazkov for the vacant title. Joshua set the pace in the first round and kept the southpaw Martin at bay before sending him to the canvas with a straight right hand in the second round. Martin got to his feet only to be knocked down for a second time by a similar punch just moments later. This time Martin failed to beat the count after taking too long to get up, and the referee waved the fight off, with Joshua winning his first world title. After two successful title defences, the WBA finally agreed to sanction a unification bout between Joshua and Klitschko for the WBA 'super' title. The WBA agreement was, if Joshua retained his belt against Molina the fight would take place on 29 April 2017 at Wembley Stadium in London.
On 10 December 2016, Joshua knocked out Molina in the third round and the Joshua vs. Klitschko fight was officially announced. WBA president Gilberto Mendoza confirmed that the winner will have to face mandatory challenger Luis Ortiz next, with deadlines due to be set after the unification fight. In January 2017, Eddie Hearn announced that over 80,000 tickets had been sold, a new box office record, overtaking Carl Froch vs. George Groves II. He put a request in for 5,000 more tickets to be made available.
Joshua currently has a record of 19 wins, 0 losses, 0 draws, and 19 KO's.