Anthony Joshua

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Name: Anthony Joshua
Alias: 'AJ'
Birth Name: Anthony Oluwafemi Olaseni Joshua
Hometown: Watford, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
Birthplace: Watford, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
Stance: Orthodox
Height: 198cm
Reach: 208cm
Pro Boxer: Record
Amateur Boxer: Record

Joshua grew up in Watford and moved to London when he was 17. A year later he was introduced to boxing by his cousin, who took him along to the Finchley ABC to start training.

Being a naturally gifted sportsman, Anthony played football at a high level and, with the stamina and speed he possessed, he could regularly run the 100m in less than 11 seconds. However, boxing was his passion and Anthony quickly rose through the ranks.

He became Senior ABAE Champion at 91+kg in May 2010 and was added to GB Boxing’s Development Squad. In November that year he became Champion of Great Britain, defeating Amin Isa.

Anthony Joshua vs Emanuele Leo: 5 Oct 2013

In 2011, Anthony retained his ABAE title and reached the quarterfinals of the European Championships, as well as defeating the Olympic and two-time World Champion Roberto Cammarelle in the quarterfinals of the World Championships. Anthony went on to win a silver medal, securing him qualification for London 2012.

One of the shining lights from one of the most successful Olympics in the modern era, Anthony defied the odds during the final round of the super heavyweight boxing final, where he turned around a three-point deficit to claim the gold medal for Team GB.

He was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2013 New Years Honours for services to boxing.

Anthony made his professional debut on the 5th October 2013 in front of a capacity crowd at the O2 Arena in London, beating the Italian Emanuele Leo by technical knockout in the first round. [1]

Amateur Highlights

Joshua against Roberto Cammarelle in the 2012 Olympic final.
Joshua after winning the Olympic gold medal.
  • Joshua had an approximate amateur record of 48-3 (18 KO's). With walkovers excluded he was 40-3 (18 KO's).
  • 2009 ABAE Super Heavyweight Senior Novice Champion.
  • 2009 Super Heavyweight Gold Medalist at the Haringey Box Cup.
  • 2010 ABAE Super Heavyweight Elite Champion.
  • 2010 Super Heavyweight Gold Medalist at the Haringey Box Cup.
  • 2010 Great Britain Super Heavyweight Champion.
  • Joshua was suspended from Great Britain's amateur boxing team after he was arrested for possession of cannabis with intent to supply on January 11, 2011. He was also sentenced to a 12-month community order and 100 hours' unpaid work. "The arrest changed a lot," Joshua said. "It forced me to grow up and to respect my responsibilities." [2]
  • 2011 ABAE Super Heavyweight Elite Champion.
  • Shortly after winning the ABAE Super Heavyweight Elite Championship in 2011, Joshua turned down £50,000 to turn professional. "Turning down that £50,000 was easy," Joshua said. "I didn't take up the sport for money. I want to win medals." [3]
  • 2011 Quarter-Finalist at the European Championships in Ankara, Turkey.
    • Defeated Eric Brechlin (Germany) 23-16
    • Defeated Cathal McMonagle (Ireland) 22-10
    • Lost to Mihai Nistor (Romania) RSCH by 3
  • 2011 Silver Medalist at the World Amateur Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan.
    • Defeated Tariq Abdul Haqq (Trinidad and Tobago) RSCI 3
    • Defeated Juan Hiracheta (Mexico) AB 1
    • Defeated Mohamed Arjaoui (Morocco) 16-7
    • Defeated Roberto Cammarelle (Italy) 15-13
    • Defeated Erik Pfeifer (Germany) RSCI 1
    • Lost to Magomedrasul Majidov (Azerbaijan) 21-22
  • 2011 Boxing Writers Club of Great Britain "Amateur Boxer of the Year."
  • 2012 Super Heavyweight Gold Medalist at the Olympic Games in London, England, UK.
  • 2012 Boxing Writers Club of Great Britain "Amateur Boxer of the Year," along with 2012 Olympic Bantamweight Gold Medalist Luke Campbell. [4]

Professional Record

Championship Record

Variant Records

Regional & Minor Titles

  • WBC International Heavyweight Title (October 2014; 3 defenses)
  • Commonwealth (British Empire) Heavyweight Title (September 2015; 1 defense)
  • BBBoC British Heavyweight Title (December 2015; 0 defenses)
  • IBO Heavyweight Title (April 2017; 3 defenses)

World Titles

  • IBF World Heavyweight Title (April 2016; 6 defenses)
  • WBA Super World Heavyweight Title (April 2017; 3 defenses)
  • WBO World Heavyweight Title (March 2018; 1 defense)

Awards & Recognitions


  • On July 24, 2013, it was announced that Joshua had signed a long-term promotional contract with Eddie Hearn's Matchroom Sport and would turn professional at the O2 Arena in London on October 5.
  • Joshua defeated Denis Bakhtov by a second-round TKO to win the WBC International Heavyweight Championship on October 11, 2014.
  • Joshua defeated Kevin Johnson by a second-round TKO on May 30, 2015. He became the first boxer to stop Johnson, who had gone the 12-round distance with Vitali Klitschko, Tyson Fury and Dereck Chisora.
  • Joshua defeated Charles Martin in the second round to become the IBF World Heavyweight Champion on April 9, 2016.
  • On April 29, 2017, Joshua knocked out former heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, winning the WBA Super and IBO world heavyweight titles, while also defending his IBF world title.
  • Featured on the cover of the Sept. 2017 issue of The Ring magazine.
  • On March 31, 2018, Joshua became WBO World Heavyweight Champion by defeating Joseph Parker on points while also defending his IBF, WBA Super, and IBO world heavyweight titles in a Unification bout.

Preceded by:
Charles Martin
IBF Heavyweight Champion
2016 April 9 – present
Succeeded by:
Preceded by:
Tyson Fury
Super Champion
WBA Heavyweight Champion
2017 April 29 – present
Super Champion
Succeeded by:
Preceded by:
Tyson Fury
IBO Heavyweight Champion
2017 April 29 – present
Succeeded by:
Preceded by:
Joseph Parker
WBO Heavyweight Champion
2018 March 31 – present
Succeeded by: