INHABITANTS of Sagamu, Ogun state were thrilled on Wednesday, February 19, when Anthony Joshua, world heavyweight boxing champion, visited the palace of Akarigbo of Remo.
Joshua, a Briton, whose father is from Sagamu, acceded to the yearnings of his fan and supporters who have been wishing he visited his home town.
Born October 15, 1989, Joshua is a British professional boxer. He is a two-time unified heavyweight champion, having held the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO titles since December 2019 and previously between 2016 and June 2019. At regional level, he held the British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles from 2014 to 2016
Joshua represented England at the 2001 AIBA World Boxing Championships as an amateur in the super-heavyweight division, division, winning a silver medal; he also represented Britain at the 2012 Olympics, winning gold. In 2014, a year after turning professional, he was named Prospect of the Year by the Ring magazine.
In 2017, his victorious fight against Wladmir Klitschko was named Fight of the Ring by the Boxing Writers Association of America. Joshua is the second British boxer, after James DeGale to win both a gold medal at the Olympics and a world title by a major professional sanctioning body, as well as the first British heavyweight to do so.
As of December 2019, Joshua is ranked as the world’s best active heavyweight by BoxRec and third by The Ring Tagazine and Transnational Boxing Rankings Board.
– Feb 19, 2020 @ 16:25 GMT |