Anthony Joshua was born on the 15th of October 1989 to Nigerian mother and an Irish Nigerian father. He grew up in the Watford, Hertfordshire, England and partly in Nigeria. In 2007 at the age of 18, he was encouraged to start boxing by his cousin who is also a professional boxer. He joined a club in Finchley, North London.
In 2009 he was arrested and put on remand in Reading prison, he was also made to wear an ankle bracelet and was placed on a curfew. He soon turned his situation around and in 2010 he became the British Amateur Champion at the GB Amateur Boxing Championships. In 2011 he won the silver medal at the World Amateur Boxing Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan.
In 2011 he was arrested again and charged with the possession and intent to supply a class B drug after the police found 8ozs of herbal cannabis in his sports bag. He was suspended from the GB boxing team and was sentenced to a 12-month community order and 100 hours of unpaid work after pleading guilty.
He secured his place in the London 2012 Olympics and he went on to win the gold medal for Great Britain.
He was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire in 2013 because of his contribution and service to amateur boxing.
In July 2013 he decided to go into professional boxing. He made his professional debut in October at the London O2 Arena. He has had a very successful career. He has won all his 19 professional fights by knockout. He won the vacant World Boxing Council international heavyweight title in 2014. In 2015 he won the vacant Commonwealth heavyweight title. In December 2015 he also won the British heavyweight title. In 2016 he won the IBF heavyweight title and has retained that so far. His most recent title was won the 29th of April 2017; he won the vacant WBA (Super) and IBO heavyweight titles.
Joshua has invested in a member’s only fitness gym BXR set to open in 2017. He also expressed his interest in doing some philanthropic work in Nigeria.