Anthony Joshua has become one of the biggest stars, not only in British boxing, but in Britain as a whole.
The Heavyweight Champion of the World has made a dramatic rise from amateur fighter to the beston the planet and as such, there is still a lot of mystery surrounding him.
Ahead of his headline fight this weekend against Alexander Povetkin, we’ve taken a look back at Joshua’s life and found out ten things that might not exactly be common knowledge about him.
AJ was born in the UK but his parents are Nigerian and he actually spent some his childhood living in the African country. The tattoo on his right arm pays tribute to Nigeria.
Most professional boxers start training and competing at an early age but Joshua was different. He didn’t start boxing until he was 18 years old and still went on to become an Olympic and world champion.
Before taking up boxing as a full-time profession, AJ worked as a bricklayer and labourer on building sites in the London area.
Run ins with the law
Back in 2009, Joshua was put on remand in Reading Prison for what he says was “fighting and other crazy stuff”. He had to wear an electronic tag on his ankle when he was released. Two years later, he was found with 8oz ofin his . He was sentenced to a 12-month and 100 hours worh of unpaid work for that drug-related offence.
In 2013, Joshua was named as a Member of the British Empire (MBE) for his services to boxing.
A shared record with Joe Frazier
AJ became only the second boxer, after, to win a World Heavyweight title whilst still being the reigning Olympic heavyweight champion.
Another shared record
AJ became only the second British boxer in history, after, to win a world title after winning an Olympic gold medal for Team GB.
AJ says he likes to think tactically in the ring and plays chess regularly in order to improve his tactical prowess and mental awareness.
Joshua has won 20 of his 21 professional fights by either KO or TKO. In fact, he’s only had a fight go further than 11 rounds once; when he beat Joseph Parker by a unanimous decision back in March.
As well as the obvious ‘AJ’, Joshua’s friends also refer to him as ‘Femi’, which is a shortened version of his middle name ‘Oluwafemi’.