Anthony Oluwafemi Olaseni Joshua, MBE (born 15 October 1989) is a British professional boxer. He is currently a unified world heavyweight champion, having held the IBF title since 2016, and the WBA (Super) and IBO titles since April 2017. As an amateur, Joshua represented Britain at the 2012 Olympics, winning a gold medal in the super-heavyweight division; he also represented England at the 2011 World Championships, winning silver. In 2014, The Ring magazine named him their Prospect of the Year.
He is the second boxer, after Joe Frazier, to win a world heavyweight title whilst still reigning as Olympic champion at the top weight.
Anthony Oluwafemi Olaseni Joshua was born in Watford to a Nigerian mother Yeta Odusanya and a British father Robert of Nigerian and Irish descent. Specifically, he is of Yoruba descent.
Joshua grew up for some of his early years in Nigeria and returned to the UK to join Kings Langley Secondary School. Growing up on the Meriden Estate in Garston, Hertfordshire, Joshua was called ‘Femi’ by his friends and former teachers, due to his middle name ‘Oluwafemi’. He excelled at football and athletics and broke the Year Nine 100m record with a time of 11.6 seconds. Joshua only began boxing in 2007, aged 18, when his cousin suggested he take it up.
Joshua went into the 2012 London Olympics as a novice on the international scene, despite being a world silver medallist. 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 two rounds (6:5 and 13:10) to Cammarelle, an adversary he had already beaten the previous year, Joshua grew into the fight and fought back to level the scores after the third round (18:18), Joshua was announced winner via count-back and the new Olympic champion. The final decision was criticised by some boxing experts, being defined as a “home decision”.
Joshua made his professional debut on 5 October 2013 at the O2 Arena in London.
In front of a post-war record crowd of 90,000 in attendance, Joshua won by TKO over Wladimir Klitschko to become the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.