Despite his checkered past, Anthony Joshua is without doubt one of the nicest and down to Earth guys in boxing.
As I’m sure you’re all aware, Joshua who currently has a perfect boxing record with 18 fights, 18 wins, and 18 knockouts, is facing his toughest opponent yet, Wladimir Klitschko, on Saturday night.
Taking place at a sold out Wembley Stadium in front of 90,000 spectators, Joshua’s hardest fight yet is set to earn him some serious dollar and he’s already got over £15 million in the bank.
So where does AJ live? In a castle in the British countryside? A palace in the Seychelles? On an island off the coast of Spain? No, no, no.
According to the Mirror, possibly the most talked about heavyweight prospect in the world lives in a council flat in Golders Green, North London with his social worker mum.
Joshua only started boxing ten years ago at the age of 17 and despite his unstoppable success, aside from the fact he hasn’t really fought anyone of any worth, as both an amateur and a professional AJ admits ‘but for boxing, I would be behind bars’.
In the past Joshua has spent time in prison and has twice avoided lengthy jail sentences – once for a fight in a school football match and another time for possession of cannabis.
When he was arrested for possesion of cannabis Joshua was handed a 12-month suspended sentence and given 100 hours of community service.
In a way I’m glad it happened, because it woke me up. It wasn’t so much the actual charge that had the effect. It was all the grief from my friends, my family – especially my mum – and from boxing.
Originally Joshua was suspended from Team GB but eventually he returned and it’s been onward and upwards since that very day. That is, until tomorrow.
Who do you think will go home with the victory on Saturday night?
Joseph Loftus is a Gold Standard NCTJ journalist with four years experience working for international and regional press.
As well as working for UNILAD and LADbible, Joseph has worked as Liverpool Correspondent for Unsigned & Independent Magazine, as well as stints with the Liverpool Echo and Warrington Guardian.