Anthony Joshua – Drug addict to World Heavyweight Champion

Anthony Joshua, MBE is a British professional boxer. He was born in Watford in October 1989. He is currently a unified world heavyweight champion, having held the IBF title since 2016, and the WBA and received the IBO titles earlier this week in April 2017 and boasts about his 100% knockout to win ratio.

However, it has not always been such perfect life for this boxer. When he was 16 he was charged with actual bodily harm after he swung a fellow footballer player over his shoulder whilst holding him by his neck. He was given a warning on this occasion but after repeated fights and drug offences he ended up on remand in Reading.

But boxing – or more specifically Finchley Amateur Boxing Club saved him. Joshua repaid all those who believed in him by winning Olympic gold for Britain as a 22-year-old when he defeated Italian Roberto Cammarelle for the super heavyweight title in London.


On the 29th April 2017 Joshua had what was called the ‘biggest fight of his life’ against Wladimir Klitschko. They were fighting for world heavyweight champion, Joshua won with an 11th round knockout, this win was even more life changing for Joshua as he has come from being on the streets abusing drugs to world heavyweight champion.

Anthony Joshua is now set to fight world renowned boxer Tyson Fury at some point next year.


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