Anthony Joshua

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Anthony Joshua
Anthony Joshua.jpg
Joshua in September 2012
Statistics
Real nameAnthony Oluwafemi Olaseni Joshua
Height1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)
NationalityBritish
Born(1989-10-15) 15 October 1989 (age 24)
Watford, England
Boxing record
Total fights4
Wins4
Wins by KO4
Losses0
Draws0
 
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Anthony Joshua
Anthony Joshua.jpg
Joshua in September 2012
Statistics
Real nameAnthony Oluwafemi Olaseni Joshua
Height1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)
NationalityBritish
Born(1989-10-15) 15 October 1989 (age 24)
Watford, England
Boxing record
Total fights4
Wins4
Wins by KO4
Losses0
Draws0

Anthony Oluwafemi Olaseni Joshua MBE (born 15 October 1989) is an British professional boxer from Watford, England competing in the heavyweight division.[1][2][3] He is currently promoted by Matchroom Sport.

Early life[edit]

Joshua was born in Watford to Nigerian parents.[4][5]

Amateur career[edit]

A late-starter in the sport, Joshua only took up boxing in 2007, aged 18, when his cousin suggested he take up the sport. 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 October 2011 he was named Amateur Boxer of the Year by the Boxing Writers Club of Great Britain. Anthony Joshua has been knocked down and beaten by Dillian Whyte.[6]

2011 World Amateur Boxing Championships[edit]

During the 2011 World Amateur Boxing Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan, Joshua marked his sudden arrival on the world scene when he beat Italian reigning World & Olympic champion Roberto Cammarelle, and went on to stop Erik Pfeifer of Germany in the semis before losing by a single point to local boxer, Magomedrasul Majidov. En route to the final, Joshua secured his place at the 2012 Olympic Games in the 91kg+ division as a relative new-comer to the elite level of the sport.

2012 Olympics Games[edit]

Joshua went into the 2012 London Olympics as a novice on the international scene, despite being a world silver medalist. He received a tough draw in the last 16 of the super heavyweight event, in Cuban Erislandy Savon, ranked #4 in the world by AIBA and nephew of the three time Olympic champion, Felix Savon. The home boxer battled through three tough rounds in his opening contest before being given the result 17:16. This decision caused some controversy with some observers believing Savon had clearly won the bout[7] [8] whilst others taking the view that he had won on merit.[9] In his next bout he fought 2008 Beijing Olympics silver medalist, Zhilei Zhang dropping his taller opponent in the middle round, Joshua won by 15:11 guaranteeing at least a bronze medal. In the semi-final Joshua met Kazakhstan boxer, Ivan Dychko, but despite Joshua's height disadvantage he won by 13:11 victory gaining a place in the Olympic final. Joshua met 32-year-old reigning Olympic Champion and former twice World Champion, Roberto Cammarelle of Italy in the closing bout. After conceding the first round to Cammarelle, a man he had already beaten the previous year, Joshua grew into the fight and fought back to level the scores after the third round, Joshua was announced winner via count-back and the new Olympic champion.[10] During the Olympic Games, Joshua was assisted by GB Boxing coach, Paul Walmsley. After the triumph, Joshua vowed to remain level-headed, "If fame comes I'm going to be okay with it, but I don't want to be hyped up and made out to be something I'm not."

He was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to boxing.[11][12]

Early Professional career[edit]

On 24 July 2013 it was confirmed that Joshua had turned professional under the Matchroom Sport promotional banner. Joshua made his professional debut on 5 October 2013 at the O2 Arena, London beating Italian Emanuelue Leo by a TKO in the first round.[13]

Joshua's second professional fight was against English Heavyweight Paul Butlin at the Motorpoint Arena Sheffield on 26 October 2013. The bout was stopped in the 2nd round when the referee decided Butlin was taking too much punishment and declared Joshua the winner by TKO.[14]

Anthony Joshua's third professional fight was on the Prizefighter Series card against Croatian Hrvoje Kisciek, on 14 November 2013. Joshua got a TKO victory in the second round, achieving his third knockout victory in a row.

On 1 February 2014 on the undercard of Lee Selby vs Rendall Munroe, Joshua scored a 2nd round TKO victory over Dorian Darch to take his record to 4-0.

Next, Anthony faces Hector Alfredo Avila on 1 March 2014 on the undercard of Ricky Burns vs Terence Crawford in Glasgow.

Professional boxing record[edit]

4 Wins (4 knockouts, 0 decisions), 0 Losses, 0 Draws[15]
Res.RecordOpponentTypeRd., TimeDateLocationNotes
Argentina Hector Avila2014-03-01Scotland SECC Arena, Glasgow
Win4–0United Kingdom Dorian DarchTKO2 (6), :002014-02-01Wales Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
Win3–0Croatia Hrvoje KisicekKO2 (6), 1:382013-11-14United Kingdom York Hall, Bethnal Green, London
Win2–0United Kingdom Paul ButlinKO2 (6), 0:502013-10-26United Kingdom Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield, Yorkshire
Win1–0Italy Emanuele LeoKO1 (6), 2:472013-10-05United Kingdom The O2, Greenwich, LondonProfessional debut.

Personal life[edit]

In 2011 he was arrested for possessing cannabis with intent to supply. At a Crown Court hearing, Joshua was sentenced to a 12-month community order and 100 hours’ unpaid work after pleading guilty to the offence.[16]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ GB Eyes More Medals As Games Draw To Close
  2. ^ "Anthony Oluwafemi Olaseni Joshua". Aiba-london2012.com. 1989-10-15. Retrieved 2012-08-12. 
  3. ^ "Anthony Joshua - Team GB - London 2012 Olympics". Telegraph. Retrieved 2012-08-12. 
  4. ^ "Audley Harrison and David Price believe Watford-born Anthony Joshua and Finchley ABC's can win Olympic gold". www.watfordobserver.co.uk. 9 August 2012. Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "The golden boy who seized his second chance: Triumph of boxer spared jail for drug-dealing". www.dailymail.co.uk. 13 August 2012. Retrieved 13 August 2012. 
  6. ^ http://lvps92-60-122-35.vps.webfusion.co.uk/index.php/news/latest-news/294-anthony-joshuas-conqueror-dillian-whyte-predicts-gold-for-olympian.html
  7. ^ Jeff Powell. "Joshua scrapes through Olympic debut with single point win over Cuban Savon". Mail Online. Retrieved 1 August 2012. 
  8. ^ "Olympic boxing: Controversies highlight the failures of scoring system". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
  9. ^ "London 2012: Team GB boxer Anthony Joshua through on merit not luck". The Guardian. 2 August 2012. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  10. ^ Dirs, Ben (12 August 2012). "Olympics boxing: Anthony Joshua wins super-heavyweight gold". BBC Sport. Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  11. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 60367. p. 25. 29 December 2012.
  12. ^ [1] Cabinet Office
  13. ^ "Anthony Joshua starts pro career with quick knockout of Emanuele Leo". The Observer. Retrieved 6 October 2013. 
  14. ^ "Anthony Joshua knocks out Paul Butlin in the second round at the Motorpoint Arena". www1.skysports.com. 27 October 2013. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  15. ^ http://boxrec.com/list_bouts.php?human_id=659461&cat=boxer
  16. ^ Stafford, Ian (28 April 2012). "Getting busted for drugs taught me how much I want that Olympic gold, says British title hope Joshua". www.dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved 26 August 2012. 

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