Anthony Joshua, a two-time heavyweight champion, is one of the sport’s most famous figures. In the ring, Joshua has created moments that will live on in the hearts of his fans forever. Outside of the ring, his impact has been greater than that of any other fighter in history.
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 twice been crowned heavyweight champion of the world by the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO.
The fight between Joshua, 32, and Oleksandr Usyk, 30, is scheduled for August 20. This is a rematch for the heavyweight belts held by the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO. Saudi Arabia will serve as the setting for the bout.
The Sporting News examines Joshua’s income and fame to determine how he becomes one of the world’s highest-paid athletes.
On October 15, 1989, Anthony Oluwafemi Olaseni Joshua entered this world in Watford, Hertfordshire. Robert and Yeta Joshua’s son is named Joshua. He was raised in Nigeria, where his parents’ family had lived for generations. He was only five when his parents divorced and his mom eventually took him in.
When Joshua moved back to Watford, he enrolled in Kings Langley Secondary School. Because his middle name was “Oluwafemi,” his peers and educators dubbed him “Femi.”
Both in 2009 and 2010, Anthony Joshua took home the Haringey Boxing Cup as champion. In his 20s, he was extremely successful, winning all 18 of his Amateur bouts.
He boxed Eric Berechlin and Cathal McMonagle in June 2011 and won the European Amateur Boxing Championships. However, he was cut short by the Romanian Mihai Nistor.
He finished his amateur career with a 40-3 record, and in 2011, the Boxing Writers’ Club of Great Britain named him their Amateur Boxer of the Year. A relative unknown on the international stage, he made a splash by winning gold at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
As essential as Joshua’s other fights were, the one against Klitschko was the most crucial. In his professional career, Klitschko suffered only three defeats.
He had been anticipating a rematch with Klitschko, however, on August 3, 2017, Klitschko announced his retirement from boxing. The next defense of Anthony Joshua’s WBA belt was supposed to be against Kubrat Pulev.
His next opponent, Joseph Parker, would earn him £18 million, the most he’d ever made in a single fight. On January 8, 2018, in Cardiff’s Principality Stadium, the bout was set to go down.
With this victory, Joshua became the new WBO champion. He still held the titles he’d won from the WBA, IBF, and IBO.
Joshua lost his title against Andy Ruiz Jr. in a recent fight that made headlines. Even Ruiz’s supporters were skeptical that he had a shot at winning.
What is Anthony Joshua’s net worth in 2022?
Anthony Joshua has a reported net worth of £115 million but it might surpass the £200m mark after Saturday night’s battle with Oleksandr Usyk.
The British superstar pocketed a staggering £15m alone during his famous Wembley showdown with Wladimir Klitschko in 2017.
And Joshua’s victory against Joseph Parker a year later saw him take home a little bit less in £13m.
However, AJ collected a whopping £66m when he reclaimed his WBA, IBF, IBO, and WBO crown against Andy Ruiz in December 2019.
Many law enforcement officials have had to deal with Joshua’s escalating legal troubles. After being incarcerated in Reading Prison on remand for fighting in 2009, he was required to have an electronic ankle tag.
He was arrested in March 2011 in North London for speeding and charged with cannabis possession after eight ounces were discovered in a sports bag in the trunk.
As a result of his guilty plea, he was removed from the GB Boxing squad and given a 12-month community order with 100 hours of unpaid labor.
Joshua has said that playing chess and other tactical games helps him to think more strategically, which in turn benefits his boxing. Not a huge soccer fan, but he does root for Real Madrid.
Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson, Larry Holmes, Lennox Lewis, and Evander Holyfield are among the boxers he admires. Over the years, Joshua has been linked romantically with various ladies.
They were rumored to be dating in 2014 when he was a model and she was a fashion icon. They welcomed their son, Joseph, in 2015. A 2016 photo of him and model Bella Hadid sparked dating speculations that never materialised.