#EndSARS: I Thought It Was About Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, SARS —Anthony Joshua |The Republican News

I thought the protests which rocked Nigeria in October was a fight against a virus Severe acute respiratory syndrome which also has the SARS acronym.

In an exclusive interview with our correspondent, Joshua said because he had never been a victim of police brutality while in Nigeria, he had never heard of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad.

Joshua joined global stars in supporting the #EndSARS movement after Nigerians had gone to the streets to protest against the activities of SARS whose officers were accused of extrajudicial killings, unlawful detentions, torture, extortion and various forms of abuses.

The boxer said it was after his uncle called his attention to the protests in Nigeria that he had to read more about SARS and Nigeria’s history.

“I never knew what SARS was during my time in Nigeria; I never encountered SARS, so, when the movement started happening, I thought SARS was maybe like a virus, I didn’t know SARS. One day after training, my uncle called me and this was just before the issue of the Lekki toll gate, about five hours before it, he called me and told me about the situation on the ground. He told me the people of Nigeria loved me and wanted to hear my voice on it,” Joshua told Saturday PUNCH.

“I told him I didn’t know enough about it to talk about it and he said I should just lend my voice and bring awareness. So, I said if it’s what I can do for now, let me just lend my voice and bring my attention to it because I have a big platform. So, I just said it’s important to find a common ground because you can’t overthrow the government in a minute, but we need to find a common solution that will benefit the people.

“So I thought it was important for me to send out a positive message and shortly after that, about four hours later, people had been murdered at the toll gate. So, I said this wasn’t only about finding a common ground, this had to stop. But I didn’t want to go back on my message, I had sent a message out and I had done a lot more research about the #EndSARS movement.

“I also started learning about the colonial history, the structure of the political powers, the Hausa, the Yoruba, the Igbo. I learnt about the Biafra war, I learnt about Lady Lugard, I learnt about why Nigeria is called Nigeria – because of the River Niger and the area.

“So, I started doing a lot of research on the country and I found out that the country has so much potential, it is a country where people are thriving to be better and with the leaders, they need to put more into the people, and that is what the #EndSARS is about. It is not just about the police, it is about good government looking after the people, and that is what the people want and I am with the people, I am a man of the people, so I support what they say.

“And from that #EndSARS movement, it educated me what SARS was, it educated me about the issues in Nigeria, it gave me more. I felt proud to be a Nigerian because I learnt more about the country’s heritage after the #EndSARS movement,” he added. (Punch)

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Massive Shock As Anthony Joshua Loses Three Belts To Underdog, Andy Ruiz Jr |RN

Anthony Joshua has been beaten by unfancied Mexican fighter Andy Ruiz Jr in one of the biggest shocks in heavyweight boxing history. The Briton, 29, has lost all three of his IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight titles after being stopped in the seventh round in front of a disbelieving 20,000-strong crowd at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Andy Ruiz Jr knocks down Anthony Joshua in the first round of their heavyweight title fight
© Getty Andy Ruiz Jr knocks down Anthony Joshua in the first round of their heavyweight title fight

He had spent much of rounds four to six recovering from what was possibly the most damaging round of his career in the third, during which he was knocked down twice.

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© Getty The referee brought the fight to an end in the seventh roun

Ruiz sent him to the deck two more times in the seventh round, and – despite returning to his feet – referee Mike Griffin stepped in to bring the clash to an end.

It was the first time Joshua had tasted defeat, leaving his underdog opponent to become the first ever Mexican-American heavyweight world champion.

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© Getty Joshua lost all three of his heavyweight titles “This is what I have

“This is what I have been dreaming about and I cannot believe I made my dreams come true,” said Ruiz, who Joshua managed to knock down once in the third round.

“That was my first time getting dropped on the floor but it made me want it even more – and I just thank god. I have got that Mexican blood in me and that just proved it. Right now, I just want to celebrate. I made history for Mexico.”

Joshua was not in the mood to offer excuses for his performance and paid tribute to his opponent.

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© Getty Ruiz jumps for joy after securing his win He told Sky Sports Box

Office: “Boxing is a tough sport, but I train hard and I got beaten by a good fighter, it will be interesting to see how far he goes, but this is all part of the journey.

“This is the risk we take, every fighter deserves respect so congratulations to him. I respect every fighter, this is all part of the legacy, it’s how strong I came back. He’s a champion for now, I shall return.”

Joshua had beaten 22 opponents without defeat before his Saturday night fight against Ruiz, and apologised to his fans who had bought tickets for the match.

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© Getty Joshua went down four times as Ruiz dominated the fight

“Sorry I let my fans down,” he said.

Promoter Eddie Hearn said a rematch between the pair would likely be arranged for later in the year.

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He said: “He will come back. It’s now down to the rematch and winning that fight. He must win that fight and he will do anything he can to regain his title. To get back to the heights he has been, he must win that rematch.” 

Sky News

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What Joshua Is Learning From Ronaldo Training Regime |The Republican News

Anthony Joshua is studying Cristiano Ronaldo’s training regime in a bid to prolong his career, The Sun reports.

The Portugal star’s Juventus medical this summer showed he has a biological age of 23 – despite being 10  years older.

The world heavyweight champion claims tests undergone by sports manufacturers Under Armour go even further to show Ronaldo’s body is in fact just 21 years old.

Joshua, who defends his IBF, WBO and WBA titles against Alexander Povetkin at Wembley on Saturday, said, “Cristiano Ronaldo did a body test. He is 33, but has the body of a 21-year-old. You have to preserve your body.

“I could go in there and knock out Povetkin in a round or two, but then there is the eight weeks of ¬intense sparring, doing 200 rounds, you have to protect your body.”

Fellow boxers Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquaio and Vasyl Lomachenko are also inspiring Joshua.

The British-born Nigerian  said,  “It’s a bit weird because boxing is old school. But I am learning to ¬adjust my life.

“When I watched a Pacquiao documentary, he runs and trains when his body is ready, Mayweather and Lomachenko the same.

“There is so much information out there. I tried it and feel much better. It looks lazy, but you’re still getting the same amount of work done and in a better way.”

Promoter Eddie Hearn believes Joshua is streets ahead of any other British boxers in terms of looking after his body.

And he puts this down to an “obsession” with improving –not fast cars and women.

He said,  “When he went to Under Armour for a body analysis, it blew his mind.

“For a British fighter, Anthony is by far the most advanced in terms of training facilities or what he does. These –scientists looked at his sleep and ¬rehab.

“Joshua’s drive now is purely the challenge to improve himself, and there are more people working with him in new areas. Early-¬morning runs have gone. Joshua sleeps until he wakes.

“He is obsessed with improvements. He has brought all these people into camp. The only thing that is on his mind is performance and improvement. Not cars, not women, not jewellery, just improving. He won’t do anything that affects his ability to prepare.

“He knows when he has to eat, he knows when he has to sleep and nothing will get in the way of that.”  (Punch)

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Anthony Joshua Beats Joseph Parker By Unanimous Decision In Cardiff |RN

By Andrew Baldock
Anthony Joshua celebrates with the WBO Heavyweight belt (Nick Potts/PA)© Provided by The Press Association Anthony Joshua celebrates with the WBO Heavyweight belt  

World champion Anthony Joshua won the first heavyweight unification bout held on British soil as he gained a unanimous points verdict against Joseph Parker at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium.

British star Joshua added the WBO belt to the WBA and IBF belts he already holds, but he was taken the distance for the first time in his professional career.

It was his 21st straight career victory, although previously unbeaten New Zealander Parker delivered a battling display without seriously troubling Joshua.

The talk will now further intensify of Joshua fighting unbeaten American and current WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder for all four belts.

Joshua, almost a stone lighter than when he beat Carlos Takam in Cardiff last October, did enough without setting the fight alight, while Parker had his moments, even if an upset victory never looked on.

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Joshua appeared relaxed as he walked to the ring in front of a sell-out crowd approaching 80,000, while Parker also lapped up the occasion during his entrance before both fighters got down to business and protected unbeaten records.

Both men tried to get their jabs going in the first round, and Joshua began to back Parker up in the closing stages of an opening three minutes that he shaded after dominating the centre of the ring.

Joshua’s superior reach and jabbing prowess ensured that Parker remained on the back foot in round two, and there were also signs of the Kiwi having a bloodied nose.

Parker’s punches continued to fall well short as Joshua’s jab proved effective for the British boxer to win the second round and continue leaving his opponent with no sign of finding his way into the contest.

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Parker began to cut something of a frustrated figure, and the fight’s pattern seemed well set by the third round as Joshua continued to make the most of his reach advantage, although there was a concerning moment when the pair clashed heads before Joshua banked another round.

Round four followed a similar pattern, then Joshua caught his opponent with a couple of powerful body shots in round five before Parker tried to raise the tempo, and it proved his best spell of a fascinating encounter.

Parker had noticeably increased his work-rate, although Joshua still held control and he got a quickfire combination going at the end of round eight which ended a quiet spell for the British star.

A cut opened up near Parker’s left eye in round 10, and although he produced his most effective punch of the contest in the next round, Joshua had already done more than enough.   (Press Association)

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Anthony Joshua Breaks Down Carlos Takam |The Republican News

Anthony Joshua retained his WBA ‘super’ and IBF heavyweight titles with a 10th-round stoppage win over Carlos Takam after a brutal battle in Cardiff.

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The unbeaten 28-year-old suffered a suspected broken nose after a head clash in the second round, but gradually broke down the brave resistance of Takam to bring up his 20th straight knockout win.

Joshua’s preparations were disrupted last week, with Takam replacing the injured Kubrat Pulev, and the France-based Cameroonian displayed his renowned durability as he dragged Britain’s star boxer into a damaging dogfight.

The flaming letters ‘AJ’ signalled the arrival of Joshua, who resisted the desire to make a blazing start to his latest title defence, deciding instead to test out his heavy artillery in the first round.

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Joshua edged menacingly forward in the opener, pumping out a ramrod jab, and a few range-finding right hands sent Takam scuttling back towards the ropes.

Heads clashed nastily in the second round as the bullish Takam lunged forward recklessly to leave Joshua with a badly bloodied nose, although this stung the champion into action as he landed a cuffing left hook.

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The sight of blood seemed to enliven Takam, who landed a left hand counter in the third, but Joshua would inflict a more serious injury on Takam in the fourth as a slashing right hook opened a cut over his right eye.

He was still blinking through a crimson cloud as Joshua dropped him with a left hand and there were concerned words from referee Phil Edwards in the corner before Takam opted to battle on.

Joshua worsened the wound with more thudding punches in the fifth, while a jolting uppercut had Takam on unsteady legs in the sixth, although he somehow remained on his feet and shared a defiant share with AJ.

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Takam’s swollen face was a mask of blood and yet he still managed to stall Joshua’s march with two right hands in the seventh.

Joshua continued to chop away at Takam’s tree-like physique with booming body shots in the eighth, but the 36-year-old was not yet ready to topple as he hit back with hooks in the ninth.

But a savage encounter was ended in the 10th as Joshua staggered Takam with an uppercut and then a straight right hand prompted the swift intervention of Edwards, who mercifully waved off the fight.  (Sky Sports)

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Anthony Joshua: Stand-in Opponent, Carlos Takam, Waited Outside My Hotel To Get Fight

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Anthony Joshua believes late stand-in Carlos Takam represents a tougher night’s work than Kubrat Pulev who pulled out just 11 days before they were due to clash in Cardiff.

Frenchman Takam has stepped in for the WBA and IBF world heavyweight title fight in front of around 78,000 fans at the Principality Stadium on October 28 after Pulev’s injury.

Unsurprisingly, Joshua describes his new opponent’s situation as akin to finding a ‘golden ticket’. The 28-year-old Londoner also thinks he will have a tougher time despatching Takam than he would have done Pulev, who withdrew with a pectoral injury.

“I first heard about it when I arrived to train on Monday,” Joshua said at his training base at Sheffield’s English Institute of Sport.

“There could have been two reactions and one would have been that the whole show is cancelled, that would have been a nightmare for everyone involved. But we have to look at the positive in that we still have a lively opponent.

“And Takam will be harder to knockout because he’s incredibly durable. His style means he’s harder to knockout than Pulev, for sure.”

Bulgarian Pulev had worked his way into the mandatory position for Joshua’s IBF belt so when he pulled out, it was left to Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn to negotiate with the next available opponent.

But Hearn had already struck a deal with Takam in advance so, after a few phonecalls, the show was back on.

“Eddie is very good at what he does and always plans ahead of the game,” Joshua added. “So having Carlos Takam on hold was a perfect situation for us. It deals with the mandatory situation.

“Takam has fought some good people but maybe because he’s not so active on social media, the general public might not know much about him. But he’s definitely a credible opponent and we can’t take our eye off the prize.

“I’m not saying that Takam is going to beat me, I’m saying Takam is not going to come in and lie down in the first round. I think that’s the mindset of anyone who fights because he’s in hostile territory with a lot of people who are not there to support him, so he will think: ‘What have I got to lose?’.

“This is his golden ticket to shock the world.”

Joshua also revealed that his path has already crossed with that of Takam, who hung around at his hotel lobby to deliver a message last summer.

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“It was after I fought at The O2 against Dominic Breazeale,” said Joshua, reflecting on the night of June 25, 2016.

“Takam waited at my hotel in reception and said to me: ‘I want to fight you!’. I said: ‘I’ve already had a fight’. I swear!

“It was the Breazeale fight. He came to the fight, then waited for me in reception. I knew who he was. He’s a big unit, 22 stone, he’s a big unit. These fighters are now watching me, so Takam will definitely know my strengths and weaknesses.”

It has been suggested that the late change of opponent – especially considering the stark difference in styles – may pose Joshua an unexpected problem for his clash across the Severn.

But AJ said: “No problem, we never had any Pulev clones come in for sparring, with all this technology now designing an opponent just like Pulev.

“No, Rob trains me to work on my own strengths and weaknesses, no matter who it is we fight I think I will always be in the best shape, not worrying about who I’m going to fight.

“Every fight leads somewhere provided I win so I need to defeat Takam to move to a positive start to 2018. That’s the mindset, I have to defeat Takam.”   (The Independent)

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Tyson Fury Returns, Announces Super Bout Against Anthony Joshua In 2018

Returned Tyson Fury announces new super camp in boxing to
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In April 2018 the British enfant terrible boxing Tyson Fury and his compatriot and world champion Anthony Joshua will fight against each other at Wembley Stadium.That leaves Fury Monday at least as recorded in the Daily Telegraph.

According to Fury’s promoter Joshua, Eddy Hearn, fully engaged in organizing the camp. “Hearn has already captured the Wembley Stadium in April 2018. There is no other stadium where the fight would take place. I’d have boxed him in October but I suspect Joshua and Klitschko a rematch plans, “said Fury.

Anthony Joshua beat Vladimir Klitschko on April 30 at Wembley and thus took the IBF and WBA titles at heavyweight. Fury had the Ukrainians, in turn knocked out in November 2015. Fury was provisionally last camp. A cocaine addiction and mental problems kept him out of the ring since.  (BELGA)

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Anthony Joshua’s Launderette Owner Congratulates Him, Says He Still Owes £120

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The owner of Anthony Joshua’s local launderette, who the heavyweight champion boxer owes £120 for washing his kit, has revealed he used to give the millionaire boxer financial advice when he was a penniless hopeful.

Muqeem Bakhtari, 32, known locally as Max, said Joshua was still regular at his Launderette in Golders Green, north London, near the ex-council flat where the fighter still lives with his mother.

The 27-year-old Joshua’s victory over two-time world champion, Wladimir Klitschko, in front of 90,000 people at Wembley on Saturday has earned him a whopping £15m, and he says he has not forgotten his unpaid bill.

Anthony Joshua during his Saturday fight with Wladimir Klitschko

Bakhtari the washerman said Joshua had been a regular since before winning his Olympic gold medal at London 2012 and his family often stopped by to pick up his laundry.

Mr. Bakhtari said washing the clothes of a boxing champion isn’t easy.

He said: “We look after his clothes extremely well. We don’t want to shrink them.

“We do it low heat because gym clothes do shrink easily; they’re worse than wool.”

Joshua and mom, Yeta Odusanya

Bakhtari said £120 is about two weeks’ worth of washing if you bring a bag in every day, which is what Anthony does when he’s training.

He said: “We’ll see more of his suits and shirts now he’s out the gym. I’m absolutely over the moon for him.

“But I could do with the money now; so hopefully he comes in and pays it off as soon as possible.”

Meanwhile, Joshua has vowed to become the richest boxer ever, overshadowing Floyd Mayweather’s £540m fortune, after becoming a household name overnight.

Joshua said he hoped to become a millionaire when he first started boxing, but he now hopes to become boxing’s first billionaire.

Joshua’s washerman’s outlet

His promoter, Eddie Hearne, said that Joshua will become bigger than David Beckham, with huge public appeal that goes beyond boxing.

“His commercial potential outside the ring is huge, way beyond Beckham and the world’s top footballers. He has a much bigger cross-over in terms of potential,” Hearne said.

The 27-year-old boxer spent Sunday reconnecting with his mother Yeta Odusanya, 51, and his baby son after several gruelling months of training away.

Speaking following Saturday night’s showdown at Wembley in front of 90,000 people, Joshua admitted his mother had said she was proud of his triumph.

She babysat during the fight and was seen bringing the 18-month-old home to see his father today.

The father-of-one still lives with Yeta and their dog Roxy in a former council flat in north London, which he bought her for £174,000 after turning professional in 2013.  (

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BREAKING: Nigerian-British Boxer, Joshua Beats Klitschko To Become World Heavyweight Champion

By Ike A. Offor

The Nigerian-British boxing sensation, Anthony Joshua, the IBF champion with unbeaten record received his most stringent examining when he opposed Klitschko last night but emerged victoriously.

Vladimir Klitschko is the second longest reigning world heavyweight title holder ever.

The match was indeed a very interesting and sensational fight, which absolutely entertained the spectators to their satisfaction. Joshua was in his top form and boxed like a champion, he is.

Anthony Joshua dropped Vladimir Klitschko to the floor couple of times, the first drop to the floor came in the fifth round of the match, which drained his confidence and made him looked more like the contender than the champion he was.

Joshua made Klitschko hit the floor in the 11th round, the second time in the 50th min, of which the referee took a count and allowed him to continue.

Then Joshua came back to give him the barrages of hooks to the head, body and everywhere he could find to a defenseless Klitschko, forcing the referee to stop the fight at the 32nd minute to the end of the 11th round.

Anthony Joshua has proved himself an undisputed heavyweight champion, and he did that by beating the second longest reigning heavyweight champion of the world.

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The heavyweight champion fight between Vladimir Klitschko and Anthony Joshua

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