Proudly Nigerian: Meet IBF Champion Anthony Oluwafemi Joshua


After defeating Charles Martin with a knockout in the 2nd round on April 9, 2016, British-born Nigerian boxer, Anthony Oluwafemi Joshua emerged the IBF World Heavyweight Champion.

Joshua also holds the British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles, he is ranked the world’s sixth best heavyweight boxer by The Ring magazine and the second boxer in history to win a professional world heavyweight title doubling as the Olympic champion at the top weight.

Oluwafemi Joshua who will be defending his title by June 25th, 2016 has had congratulatory messages pouring in for him since emerging as the IBF World Heavyweight Champion.

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The British professional boxer, was born to a Nigerian mother and father, spent his early years in Nigeria before returning to the UK.

Among the many Nigerians who are proud of his achievements is our number one citizen, President Muhammadu Buhari. The presidency has congratulated Mr. Anthony Femi Joshua through a statement by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Diaspora and Foreign Relations, Honourable Abike Dabiri-Erewa. She appraised Femi’s victory as a reflection of his hard work, tireless dedication and a brave heart which he had displayed.

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Oluwafemi Joshua



The British professional boxer born in Watford, grew up for much of his early years in Nigeria and returned to the UK halfway through Year Seven to join Kings Langley Secondary School.

Joshua excelled at football and athletics and broke the Year Nine 100m record with a time of 11.6 second. He only began boxing in 2007, at age 18, when his cousin suggested he take it up.

Joshua won the 2009 and 2010 Haringey Box Cup. He also won the senior ABA Championships in 2010, in only his 18th bout, and later turned down £50,000 to turn professional, and also went on to win the same tournament the following year.

In October 2011, he was named Amateur Boxer of the Year by the Boxing Writers Club of Great Britain. Femi was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to boxing.

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On September 12, 2015, Joshua won the vacant Commonwealth Heavyweight title by stopping Gary Cornish in the first round at the O2 Arena. Cornish had been unbeaten in his previous 21 fights, and most recently defeated Charles Martin to win the IBF World Heavyweight title, his first professional world title, on April 9, 2016 with a knockout in the 2nd round.