Anthony Joshua reveals amazing throwback snaps throughout turbulent career from small hall amateur to heavyweight king

ANTHONY JOSHUA has shared a series of incredible throwback pictures documenting his life from a troubled kid in Watford to heavyweight champion of the world.

The British star – who is in talks with Netflix about his remarkable rise to the top – uploaded the images to his Instagram story.

Anthony Joshua has shared a series of amazing throwback pictures
Joshua shared the incredible pics on his Instagram story – including one of him in his car in 2007
Joshua documented his journey from youngster to world champion in the pics
Anthony Joshua is now heavyweight champion of the world once more

The amazing snaps show Joshua, 31, in the gym as a youngster, working his way up the boxing ranks in small-hall amateur fights.

The pictures all shared a similar theme, showing Joshua working hard, “hustling”, working out “25/8” rather than “24/7” in his bid to become champion.

Elsewhere, Joshua can be seen sitting in a new car, purchased well before he was 2012 Olympic champion, proudly showing off his wheels in 2007.

Fast forward 13 years and AJ is the WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight champion after getting revenge over Andy Ruiz Jr in December 2019.

Joshua didn’t have an easy childhood, spending time in Nigeria with his mum before getting into trouble as a teenager back in the UK.

The Brit ace moved with his mum to her African homeland as a child while she set up a business.

Despite not wanting to leave London, AJ soon learned the value of discipline and “getting smart” at a strict school called The Bells.

Joshua did eventually get his wish and returned to the UK with his mother, but when he turned 15 he suddenly found himself hanging around with the wrong crowd as he began “hustling and bustling”.

The British star revealed getting into trouble with police and a 5am call from his mum saved him from going down a dark path, as he found boxing.

Joshua recalled: “Unfortunately, [living in Watford as a teenager] turned into a rat race to make money.

“You sold whatever you could: bikes, cars, chains. I didn’t see whatever else came with it, just the paper notes at the end of it.

“That was around the time 50 Cent released Get Rich or Die Try and that was the mentality, you know what I mean?

“We’re going to die anyway, and we’re broke anyway, so we might as well try to get rich.

“But then it flipped for me. One night I was sleeping in a hostel when my phone rang at five in the morning. It was my mum.

“She was asking why there were ten police officers at her door. The boys in blue were looking for me.

“That’s when I realised, I’ve got to change the way I am. So I got a second chance. And that’s how I found boxing.”

Joshua shared the snaps to pass the time during lockdown
Anthony Joshua shared a snap of him working his way through small-hall amateur fights
Anthony Joshua found a ‘second chance’ in life through boxing

Despite now being worth £42million, according to Forbes, Joshua has stayed true to his roots.

In fact, AJ is so humble that he still lives in an ex-council house with his mum.

The boxing star also has a humble two-bed flat in Sheffield that he uses when training, which features a master bedroom with a single bed, worn out sofas in the living room and just one communal bathroom.

His right-hand man and marketing manager, Freddie Cunningham, says that despite having “a lot of money,” Joshua “doesn’t live the life that he could.”

Cunningham claimed: “From the outside, it probably looks like he does [live the high-life].

“He’s seen in private jets, wearing expensive watches, and driving around in nice cars.

“But the jets are all sponsored. We’ve never paid for a private jet, or a helicopter, in our life. He gets a signature car from Land Rover.

“He’s not spending that money. He’s accumulating money. He’s living a lifestyle that probably everyone wants him to live, or see him live, but he’s doing it in a smart way. Tactful.”


Joshua is set to face British compatriot Tyson Fury in 2021 with the pair agreeing terms on a two-fight deal.

But AJ must first get past his IBF mandatory Kubrat Pulev at the 02 Arena on December 12.

Heavyweight prospect Daniel Dubois has backed the Gypsy King to beat the 2012 Olympic gold medallist in their domestic dust-up.

He told SPORTbible: “Fury at the moment. His skill and his know-how, coupled with his confidence should beat Joshua.

“But it will be a really good fight.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if it went the other way and Joshua won.”

Anthony Joshua gave fans a glimpse inside his life on his Insta story
Anthony Joshua shared the images on social media

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