Anthony Joshua House arrest helped Nigerian born boxer become a better fighter

Joshua then was already a popular amateur boxer on the curbs of becoming a pro before he was sentenced.

  • Published:
Anthony Joshua play Anthony Joshua says house arrest made him a better boxer (David Venni / Men's Health)
24/7 Live - Subscribe to the Pulse Newsletter!

8ozs of herbal cannabis was found hidden a sports bag in his Mercedes Benz by police after he was pulled over for speeding in Colindale, North London in March 2011.

Anthony Joshua was charged with possession with intent to supply a class B drug, an offence that carries a maximum 14-year sentence.

Joshua was sentenced to a 12-month community order and 100 hours’ unpaid work after pleading guilty at crown court.

Anthony Joshua play Anthony Joshua was arrested for drug possession in 2011 (David Venni / Men's Health)

 

Joshua then was already a popular amateur boxer on the curbs of becoming a pro before he was sentenced.

Part of his sentencing required him to be at home by 8pm every day and that helped shaped Joshua into the world champions he is now despite being suspended from GB boxing squad for his crime.  

Fast forward to 2016 and the 27-year-old has since won an Olympic gold medal, the WBC International heavyweight, Commonwealth heavyweight, British heavyweight and the IBF World heavyweight titles.

What sparked the turn around?

Imagine being at home every day at 8pm for 14 months: Christmas, New Year, birthdays,” Joshua told Men's Health as he covers the December 2016 issue of the magazine.

Anthony Joshua play Anthony Joshua says house arrest made him develop a routine that helped his boxing career (David Venni / Men's Health)

ALSO READ: Anthony Joshua retains world title

That routine was a really good start to my boxing career. I took a positive from it.

Joshua, a British citizen, was born in Nigeria and spent the early part of his life in the country before moving to England.

Anthony Joshua play Anthony Joshua was born in Nigeria before he moved to England (David Venni / Men's Health)

 

As his profile continues to rise, the boxer says he still lives with his mum, Yeta, in a former council flat in Watford.

All I need is a place to rest my head. It will be good to have a bigger space, but more for my family to enjoy, not because of other people's expectations,” he explained.

If I'm managing, I don't need to change it. And at the minute, I'm managing pretty well. Everyone's happy.”

With talks of a lucrative fight with Wladimir Klitschko still ongoing, Joshua is set to defend his world title on December 10 against Eric Molina.

Anthony Joshua play Anthony Joshua is on the cover of the December issue of Men's Health (David Venni / Men's Health)

 

He explains his fighting style.

There are two types of warriors: the one that rides through on his horse and tries to slay everyone, and the sniper,” he said.

I try to be more like the sniper. Bang. Bang. Bang. Break them down, shot by shot.”

Do you ever witness news or have a story that should be featured on Pulse Nigeria?
Submit your stories, pictures and videos to us now via WhatsApp: +2349055172167, Social Media @pulsenigeria247: #PulseEyewitness & DM or Email: eyewitness@pulse.ng. More information here.