Nigerian Boxer wins IBF heavyweight champion


Anthony Joshua  has knocked out Wladimir Klitschko in a heavyweight world title the 2017 IBF heavyweight champion boxing bout on Saturday, April 29 in Wembley, London.

Joshua is also the WBC International and Commonwealth Heavyweight title holder, as well as the British heavyweight champion.

The Briton of Nigerian origin in just his 16th professional fight defeated American Charles Martin to become his country’s sixth bonafide heavyweight world champion. Joshua is also just the third man to win a pro heavyweight world title while still a reigning Olympic champion. Joshua is now closer to a match with WBA Super and WBO champion Tyson Fury who has already chosen July 9 as the date for his rematch with challenger Wladimi Klitschko.

The win sees Joshua maintain his unbeaten record in 19 fights, with all 19 wins ending in knock-outs!

Joshua, who was denied the opportunity of representing Nigeria by his home country coach, came to real limelight winning the London Olympic games 2012 super heavyweight Boxing Gold Medal after having won the World Championship Super heavyweight Title in 2011 in Baku.

The opening rounds were close as both boxers felt each other out with a lot of jabbing. However the bout changed completely in the fifth when Joshua got Klitschko down, with Wladimi Klitschko recovering before the count.And at the 11th round, Joshua hit his Klitschko with several blows to give him his final knock him out with a further flurry of blows that made the referee to intervene and end the fight in Joshua’s favour.

The win sees Joshua maintain his unbeaten record in 19 fights, with all 19 wins ending in knock-outs!

Joshua grew up for much of his early years in the south-western part of Nigeria and returned to the UK halfway through the seventh year to join Kings Langley Secondary School. Growing up on the Meriden Estate in Garston, Hertfordshire, he was called ‘Femi’ by his friends and former teachers, due to his middle name ‘Oluwafemi’. He excelled at football and athletics and broke the Year Nine 100m record with a time of 11.6 seconds. And his debut professional boxing career kicked off in 2013 where he won with knock-outs.

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