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8 Facts About Anthony Joshua

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Anthony Joshua, MBE is a British professional boxer.

Professional boxing, or prizefighting, emerged in the early twentieth century as boxing gradually attained legitimacy and became a regulated, sanctioned sport.

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He is currently a unified world heavyweight champion, having held the IBF title since 2016, and the WBA and IBO titles since April 2017.

Heavyweight is a weight class in boxing and other combat sports.

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He previously held the British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles from 2015 to 2016.

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As an amateur he represented Britain at the 2012 Olympics, winning a gold medal in the super-heavyweight division; he also represented England at the 2011 World Championships, winning silver.

The 2012 Summer Olympics, formally the Games of the XXX Olympiad and commonly known as London 2012, was a major international multi-sport event celebrated in the tradition of the Olympic Games, as governed by the International Olympic Committee.

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As of April 2017, Joshua is ranked as the world's best heavyweight by Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, second by the BoxRec, and fifth best by The Ring magazine.

The Transnational Boxing Rankings Board is an all-volunteer initiative formed in October 2012 with the intention of providing professional boxing with authoritative top-ten rankings, identifying the singular world champion of every division by unbiased reasoning and common sense, and to insist on the sport's reform.

BoxRec or boxrec.com is a website dedicated to holding updated records of professional boxers, both male and female.

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He also boasts a 100% knockout-to-win ratio.

A knockout is a fight-ending, winning criterion in several full-contact combat sports, such as boxing, kickboxing, muay thai, mixed martial arts, karate, some forms of taekwondo and other sports involving striking.

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Joshua is the second British boxer, after James DeGale, to win both a gold medal at the Olympics and a world title by a major professional sanctioning body, as well as being the first British heavyweight to do so.

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He is also the second boxer, after Joe Frazier, to win a world heavyweight title whilst still reigning as Olympic champion at the top weight.

Joseph William "Joe" Frazier, nicknamed "Smokin' Joe", was an American professional boxer who competed from 1965 to 1981.

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