The flag from Anthony Joshua’s camp has been flying high for a long time and with good reason. The 2016-2019 heavyweight champion stunned his fans with 22 professional wins in the boxing ring. A loss to Andy Ruiz Jr. dimmed the candle for some, but for his real fans, the fight carries on.
The Watford Ace, Anthony Joshua
In 2018, Joshua was one of 25th highest paid athletes in the world. By 2019, he climbed up the rankings to become the 13th highest athlete in the world, sharing a spot with Formula 1 star, Lewis Hamilton.
Joshua’s rise to the top started in Hertfordshire, England, where he was born. He showed a natural love for sports, immersing himself in football and athletics. He managed to beat his school’s 100-meter record with 11.6 seconds. Joshua eventually dedicated more of his time to boxing at 18. He won his eighteen fights as an amateur in his early 20s.
By far the most significant achievement in the early stages of his boxing career would be his gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics. Despite the meteoric rise to Olympic glory, Joshua stayed grounded, stating, “I don’t think a gold medal should make the man. This represents the journey. My journey has been so tough.”
The Big Leagues
Joshua’s fight with Andy Ruiz Jr was a double-edged sword. He lost his championship title in a shock defeat to Ruiz but did earn £20 million with pay-per-view sales expected to generate £20 million.
Before his fight against Ruiz, Joshua earned over £10 million from each of his previous four fights. Joshua’s fight against Wladimir Klitschko in 2017 earned him two heavyweight titles and $17 million. He would go into his fight with Carlos Takam,
AJ- Destroyer’s stellar performances caught the eye of over a dozen sponsorship deals. His deals are with the likes of Under Armour, Jaguar, Beats, and Lucozade Sport. He made £2.7 million from endorsements in 2017.
Charity Over Flash
Despite his winnings and incredible records, AJ stays grounded. Instead of buying a mansion, Joshua opted to live at home with his mother in a £175,000 home he bought for her. He also purchased a £500,000 home for his son and ex-girlfriend.
Joshua has also been very generous with his entourage. He has provided for his team’s luxury holidays, shopping trips, and flights. Sponsor, Under Armour, loaned a private jet for some of the trips. Even with so much on his plate, he never forgets to appreciate those who led contributed to his growth, including his former coach who he purchased a £95,000 BMW for.
Charity is a top priority for the smiling assassin. When he’s not in the ring or putting smiles on the faces of loved ones and friends, Anthony raises money for charitable causes. He has worked on several charitable causes to empower and inspire youth away from a life of crime. He raised £10,000 for the charity Key4Life, which helps reduce re-offending and gang-related crime.