27 March 2018 | Community

Anthony Joshua: A Heavyweight Inspiration

It's not just AJ's Boxing skills which should be revered.

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Written by John Shepherd

Boxer Anthony Joshua looks to unify the Heavyweight division on Saturday against New Zealander Joseph Parker at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium. AJ returns to the welsh capital, the scene of his one-sided destruction of Carlos Takam back in October of last year looking to defeat the WBO Heavyweight champion and add that belt to his collection of IBF, WBA (Super) and IBO titles. 

Joshua may well be on the cusp of greatness but the champ hasn’t forgotten his roots. Joshua often returns to his former amateur Boxing club, Finchley ABC and last year, bought his former coach a car. After beating Klitschko to claim the WBA title, Joshua gifted his former coach, Sean Murphy with a £60k BMW and in the lead up to the Parker fight, has been handing out gifts once more. 

Joshua documented his return to Finchley ABC on his Twitter account last week, the video shows Joshua training young kids on the pads, posing for pictures and signing autographs, as well as presenting his former Boxing Club with a brand new minibus. 

AJ’s mantra is ‘stay humble’ and its obvious the big man embodies that, Joshua coaches young boxers and wrote on Instagram this week, ‘Teach them early what I learnt late'. With these actions, Anthony Joshua will leave a legacy that will be much more than ‘just’ Britain's greatest heavyweight.