Anthony Joshua’s WBA Win– Nigerian British boxing champ Anthony Joshua has done it again.
Aspiring to be a billionaire in no distant time, Joshua has become yet another Champion in the recently held WBA heavyweight championship.
He is the International Boxing Federation Champ.
The much anticipated match held on Saturday night before an estimated crowd of 90 000 spectators.
Joshua fought against Ukrainian professional boxer, Wladimir Klitschko at the Wembley Stadium in England.
44-year old Wladimir is the former world heavyweight champion of the WBA, IBF, and WBO. Losing Saturday’s fight to Joshua will make it the 2nd fight he has lost in 16 months.
The Ukrainian boxer says it was his hope to defeat Joshua at the match. However he accepted the outcome and appreciated the skills of the Nigerian-British star.
“The best man won tonight and it’s a massive event for boxing.”
“Two gentlemen fought each other. Anthony was better today. It’s really sad I didn’t make it tonight.”
“I was planning to do it, it didn’t work. But all the respect to Anthony, congratulations.”
Anthony Joshua expressed his delight over the win and also had nice words for his opponent.
“What can I say? 19-0, three and a half years in the game.”
“As I said, I’m not perfect but I’m trying and if you don’t take part you’re going to fail.”
“As boxing states, you leave your ego at the door and you respect your opponent. So a massive shout out to Wladimir Klitschko.”
Anthony Joshua’s WBA win throws light on his rejected by Nigerian boxing officials 9 years ago.
In 2007, Joshua returned to Nigeria in hopes of representing the country at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Unfortunately the officials back then did not have enough trust in him to represent the country.
As fate would have it, Anthony Joshua returned to his base and represented the Great Britain at the Olympics; winning a Gold medal.
Former boxing champion, Jeremiah Okorodudu confirmed Joshua’s rejection in an interview with UK Sun.
“If only they had allowed him to compete for Nigeria, that gold would have been a Nigerian gold and not Great Britain’s.”
In defense of Joshua’s 2008 disappointment, Obisia Nwankpa, former Commonwealth champion and chief coach of the Nigerian boxing team said:
“He reached out to us, asking to be part of our Olympic team, so we invited him to come down and take part in the trials.”
“Unfortunately, he did not appear when we asked him to and came down only when we had finished our trials, finalized our team and were about to travel for a training tour. Maybe other coaches would have accepted it, but I could not.”
Durodola Olanrewaju and Onorede Ohwarieme were chosen to represent Nigeria. While Olanrewaju lost to Cuba’s Osmay Acosta, Ohwarieme also lost to Lithuania’s Jaroslavas Jaksto.
The best decision Joshua made was not to cower in the face of the rejection. He kept his dream alive and found the perfect spot for him to shine.
Anthony Joshua is now world heavyweight champion. From 2015 to 2016, Joshua was the British and Commonwealth heavyweight championship.
He won the IBF title since 2016. This year alone he has equally bagged the WBA (Super) and IBO titles.
As he shared his joy with the cheering crowd, Joshua requested for a fight against Tyson Fury.
Anthony Joshua’s WBA Win has boosted his boxing career.