Nigerian Brit Anthony Joshua beats Charles Martin to become world heavyweight champion

Anthony Joshua - IBF World Heavyweight Champion -2

Anthony Joshua - IBF World Heavyweight Champion -2According to the BBC, Anthony Joshua stopped Charles Martin in two rounds at London’s O2 Arena to claim the IBF heavyweight title in only his 16th professional fight.

Of course, we wouldn’t be Viva Naija if we didn’t get to famzing straight away, so this would be the best place to mention that Joshua is, of course, Yoruba. His name, ladies and gentlemen, is ANTHONY OLUWAFEMI OLASENI JOSHUA!

The Briton floored his American opponent with a peach of a right-hand counter and after Martin was knocked down again, the referee called a halt.

The 26-year-old is the UK’s sixth bona fide heavyweight world champion.

Anthony Joshua - IBF World Heavyweight Champion

Joshua is also just the third man to win a pro heavyweight world title while still a reigning Olympic champion.

And he is the first Briton to win both the super heavyweight Olympic gold and a version of the world heavyweight title – London-born Lennox Lewis was fighting for Canada when he won the 1988 Olympic super heavyweight title in Seoul.

He also joins Muhammad Ali and Leon Spinks as the only men to be pro heavyweight world champions while still being reigning Olympic champions.

Joshua’s victory now brings a super-fight against fellow Briton and WBA and WBO champion Tyson Fury a step closer.


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