Anthony Joshua, a two-time heavyweight champion, is one of the sport’s most famous figures.
During his time in the ring, Joshua has given his supporters memories they will cherish forever. His influence has gone far beyond that of any other fighter in history, even outside of the ring.
Joshua turned pro in 2013, and he has since won the heavyweight titles of the Commonwealth, the United Kingdom, and the World Boxing Council (WBC). He has won heavyweight championships from the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO multiple times.
On August 20th, Joshua, 32, will fight Oleksandr Usyk, 29. This is a rematch for all four major heavyweight championships (WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO). Saudi Arabia will serve as the venue for the bout.
Joshua’s birth date is October 15th, 1989, and his birthplace is Watford, Hertfordshire, England. Yeta, his mother, is from Nigeria, and Robert, his father, is of Nigerian and Irish descent. Growing up, Joshua spent time at a boarding school in Ikenne, Nigeria called the Mayflower School.
At the age of 12, after his parent’s divorce, he moved back to the United Kingdom and enrolled in Kings Langley Secondary School.
He was a soccer star and an all-around athlete who set a new school record in the 100-meter dash. Although he began boxing at a relatively late age of 18, he worked as a bricklayer for several years prior to devoting himself exclusively to the sport.
Anthony Joshua’s Net Worth
According to estimates, Joshua is worth around $80 million. Forbes estimated that he would make $47 million in 2020.
Joshua has revealed to GQ that he plans to become one of the highest-paid athletes in the world.
It was Joshua’s stated goal to “become a multi-millionaire” when he began his venture. In today’s market, however, regular individuals like grandmas and grandpas can become millionaires because of the rise in property values. The prevailing view now is that I should aim for a net worth of $1 billion. If you’re already a millionaire, that’s great, but you should aim higher.
Between 2009 and 2010, Anthony Joshua was undefeated in the Haringey Boxing Cup. In his twenties, he had a resounding success, winning all 18 of his Amateur bouts.
In June of 2011, he competed in the European Amateur Boxing Championships, where he won two matches, against Eric Berechlin and Cathal McMonagle. But he was cut off by the Romanian Mihai Nistor.
He went 40-3 as an amateur and was named the 2011 Amateur Boxer of the Year by the Boxing Writers’ Club of Great Britain. Even though he was a complete unknown on the international stage, he managed to win gold at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
The battle between Joshua and Klitschko was the most significant of his career. The legendary Klitschko suffered only three defeats in his professional career.
They were supposed to fight again, however, on August 3, 2017, Klitschko declared his retirement from boxing. For the next defense of his WBA belt, Anthony Joshua was supposed to face Kubrat Pulev.
His next opponent, Joseph Parker, would earn him £18 million, the most he had ever made in a single bout. The match was set to go down at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium on January 8.
A victory for Joshua secured him the WBO belt. He still held the titles he’d won from the WBA, IBF, and IBO.
As of late, he’s been in the spotlight due to his loss to Andy Ruiz Jr. in a boxing match, in which Ruiz was able to win and take Joshua’s championship. The odds were stacked against Ruiz winning the fight, and most people agreed with that assessment.
Financial success for Anthony Joshua
After defeating Wladimir Klitschko in 2017, Joshua won the WBA and IBO heavyweight titles and around $17 million. Money Joshua made for his fight against Andy Ruiz Jr. at MSG was around $25 million (that includes fight night incentives).
Joshua triggered his rematch clause after his loss against Ruiz and demanded a rematch. After beating Ruiz in a rematch in Saudi Arabia in December 2019, Joshua made $60 million.
Total Sportal predicted that Joshua will make around $20 million in 2021 when he was defeated by Oleksandr Usyk.
A few law enforcement officials have had to deal with Joshua. In 2009, he was sent to Reading Prison on remand for fighting and required to wear an electronic ankle tag upon his release.
While being stopped for speeding in North London in March 2011, police discovered eight ounces of cannabis in a sports bag in the trunk. He was subsequently arrested and charged with possession of cannabis.
As a result of his guilty plea, he was removed from the GB Boxing team and given a 12-month community order with 100 hours of unpaid labor.
Known for his boxing prowess, Joshua has said that he finds enjoyment in strategic games such as chess. He does, however, root for Real Madrid despite his lack of interest in sports. He looks up to boxing greats such as Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson, Larry Holms, Lennox Lewis, and Evander Holyfield.
There have been several women who have been mentioned in connection with Joshua’s romantic life. In 2014, it was said that he and model Cara Delevigne were an item. In 2015, Joshua and dance instructor Nicole Osbourne had their baby, Joseph.
Even though he was rumoured to be dating model Bella Hadid after being photographed with her in 2016, the couple never officially confirmed their relationship.