What is Anthony Joshua Net Worth ?
Anthony Joshua is a British professional boxer who has a net worth of $80 million. Anthony is one of the highest-paid athletes in the world. At his peak, he earned $50-60 million per year or more. He is a heavyweight who at one time held the unified world heavyweight championship.
Joshua has had a few run-ins with law enforcement. In 2009, he was put on remand in Reading Prison for getting into fights and had to wear an electronic ankle tag upon release. In March 2011, he was pulled over for speeding in North London and was charged with possession of cannabis after eight ounces of the drug were found hidden in a sports bag in his car.
He was thus suspended from the GB Boxing squad and was sentenced to 12 months of community order and 100 hours of unpaid work after pleading guilty to the offense.
Joshua was born on October 15, 1989, in Watford, Hertfordshire in England. His mother, Yeta, is Nigerian while his father, Robert, is Nigerian and Irish. During his early years, Joshua lived in Nigeria at a boarding school, the Mayflower School in Ikenne.
When his parents divorced when he was 12 years old, he returned to the United Kingdom and began attending Kings Langley Secondary School. He played soccer and was generally very athletic, breaking the school’s 100-meter race record. However, he did not start boxing until age 18, a rather late start in the sport, and before beginning to box full-time, he worked as a bricklayer.
After starting to box in 2007, Joshua quickly improved. He joined the Finchley ABC club in North London, also home to the professional heavyweight boxer Derek Chisora. By 2009, Joshua was already winning competitions, including the Haringey Box Cup. In 2010, he won the senior ABA Championships and turned down the opportunity to turn professional, preferring to stay amateur until he had secured more wins.
By not going pro he turned down a $60,000 payday. He later explained his decision:
He earned a spot on the Great Britain Boxing team and became the GB amateur champion in 2010. In 2011, he almost won the European Championships but was defeated by Romanian Mihai Nistor. He was still named the Amatuer Boxer of the Year in 2011 after having maintained a record of 40-3.
Joshua’s early success earned him a spot in the 2012 London Olympics. After several heavily contested and criticized matches, Joshua secured the Olympic gold medal, though several critics in the sport say that the home advantage of having the Olympics in England played a role in this decision.
The following year, in 2013, he was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire for services to boxing.
By July 2013, it was confirmed that Joshua had turned professional under the Matchroom Sport promotional banner. He made his professional debut at the O2 Arena in London in October 2013, beating Italian Emanuele Leo by TKO in the first round. The first full year of his professional career was very successful and in October 2014, again at the O2 Arena, Joshua became the WBC International Heavyweight Champion at the age of 24.
The following year, in September 2015, Joshua became the Commonwealth Heavyweight Champion after defeating the undefeated Scottish boxer, Gary Cornish. Joshua was able to stop Cornish only 90 seconds into the first round. Soon after, in December, he defeated another undefeated champion, Dillian Whyte. The match finished in a KO in the seventh round, and it was reported that Joshua had won three million pounds for this fight alone.
In February 2016, Joshua won his first world title by defeating IBF Heavyweight Champion Charles Martin at the O2 Arena. In June, he then defeated Dominic Breazeale in seven rounds. In November, he successfully defended his IBF title against Eric Molina.