Did Anthony Joshua Start his Boxing Career Late?

Published 09/24/2021, 12:00 PM EDT
DIRIYAH, SAUDI ARABIA – DECEMBER 07: Anthony Joshua looks on with a cut to his left eye during the IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight Title Fight between Andy Ruiz Jr and Anthony Joshua during the Matchroom Boxing ‘Clash on the Dunes’ show at the Diriyah Season on December 07, 2019 in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)


Heavyweight boxers are known are for their one-punch knockout skill, which differentiates them from the other divisions in boxing. In the past, fighters like Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson, Lennox and Lewis, and more have captivated fans. But in recent times, it is the Briton warrior, Anthony Joshua, who’s regarded as the face of the modern era heavyweight roster.

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Joshua is no less than a brand in today’s boxing vertical. The 31-year-old slowly and steadily rose to fame with his highlight-like knockouts and an appealing persona. But not many people know that Joshua actually stepped into the boxing world late.

Generally, budding boxers begin carving their careers in the sport when they’re 8 or 10 years old. But ‘AJ’ actually laced up the boxing gloves for the first time when he was 18.

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Throughout his time in high school, ‘AJ’ was into football and athletics. But his cousin later asked him to get his hands on this side of combat sports, after which Joshua never looked back.

What followed was a tremendous success for the Hertfordshire native. Just a couple of years later, when he began boxing, Joshua won the Haringey boxing cup.

Later, the Brit made sensations in European amateur boxing championships. And in 2012, he even represented Great Britain on the biggest stage, the Olympics. Here he even a gold medal in the super-heavyweight category and a year later, he turned into a professional boxer.

Anthony Joshua – destined to be boxing great

Although he developed a love for boxing pretty late, Joshua still managed to get come to the limelight real quick.

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DIRIYAH, SAUDI ARABIA – DECEMBER 07: Anthony Joshua poses for a photo with the IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight Title belts after the IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight Title Fight between Andy Ruiz Jr and Anthony Joshua during the Matchroom Boxing ‘Clash on the Dunes’ show at the Diriyah Season on December 07, 2019 in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

He was destined for greatness and in no time, fans fell in love with his impressive fighting style. Alongside that, Joshua boasts a solid physique, with which he produces great power to hammer his opponents.

Today, ‘AJ’ holds the WBA, WBO, IBO, and the IBF heavyweight titles to his name and he rightly sits at the peak of the most attractive division.

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Anthony Joshua is far from hanging up his gloves, and boxing lovers will get to see his brilliant combat style for many more years to come.

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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