Born in Watford, Hertfordshire, England, Anthony Joshua went on to become one of the most decorated heavyweight boxers of all time. The two-time heavyweight titleholder started his career with victories over a who’s who of fighters. Now he is looking to reclaim the gold he lost to Oleksandr Usyk.
Joshua is set to face Usyk in a rematch for the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles this year. If he can win back the titles, he will come one step closer to undisputed champion status.
The Sporting News takes a look at Joshua’s career and how he became a two-time heavyweight champion.
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How old is Anthony Joshua?
Joshua is 32 years old. He started boxing at the age of 18 in 2007.
Joshua became a two-time gold medalist at the ABA championships starting in 2010. In 2012, Joshua would win a gold medal at the Olympics.
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After a 40-3 amateur record, Joshua was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE).
Joshua made his professional debut in 2013, beating Emanuele Leo via TKO. He beat Denis Bakjtov in 2014 for the WBC International heavyweight title. In 2015, Joshua won the Commonwealth and British heavyweight titles over Gary Cornish and Dillian Whyte.
From 2016 to 2018 Joshua beat Charles Martin, Dominic Breazeale, Eric Molina, Wladimir Klitschko, Carlos Takam, Joseph Parker and Alexander Povetkin. He beat Martin for the IBF heavyweight title, Klitschko for the WBA and IBO heavyweight titles, and Parker for the WBO heavyweight title.
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In 2019, Andy Ruiz Jr. beat Joshua for all the gold in what has been called one of the biggest upsets in boxing history. It was Joshua’s first fight in the United States and he was knocked down several times. Joshua defeated Ruiz in a rematch a few months later in Saudi Arabia. Joshua then retained the titles against Kubrat Pulev in December 2020.
In a quest to go undisputed, Joshua and WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury have agreed in principle to fight. Deontay Wilder would activate a rematch clause for a trilogy fight against Fury. Joshua fought the mandatory challenger in Usyk when the trilogy was announced. Fury defeated Wilder by knockout in October 2021. Joshua would lose the titles to the former undisputed heavyweight champion in September 2021.
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While a rematch between Usyk and Joshua is scheduled, it has almost been suspended entirely. Usyk returned to Ukraine and was one of many combat sports stars who decided to take up arms against Russian aggression. After a few months in the country, he was able to leave to train for a future fight against Joshua (24-2).
Now the world is waiting for an official date and location for the two to fight.