By Robert Oluwafemi Olaseni
Robert Joshua is one Nigerian father who never gave up on his son.This best explains why Boxing champion,Anthony Olufemi Oluwaseni Joshua found stability in his life,having enjoyed unshakened support from his father,despite is wild early years.
Like every good Nigerian father, he gave his son,Anthony,the best education.He enrolled him into one of Nigeria’s Ivy secondary schools, Mayflower, Ikenne ,Ogun State,owned by the late patriot – Pa Tai Solarin. But after his marriage broke down with Joshua’s mother, Yet a Odusanya,the young Joshua moved to England. Joshua was a bright kid and an athlete, but he lost his way and ended up a bricklayer. His father was embarrassed but did not give up on him, knowing the dream he had for his son.He supported him when he took up boxing.
In 2009 ,Joshua became even more frustrated and lost his way again – he looked to the streets for comfort and became a street fighter he was detained by the Police and put on remand. He was reduced to the level of a low life common criminal and had to wear an electronic tag around his ankle like a terrorist after his release. His father was upset with him but kept believing in him.
In March 2011, the year Jonathan became President of Nigeria , Joshua was pulled over by the police for over speeding in Colindale, North London. He was found with eight ounces of Indian Hemp hidden in a sports bag in his Mercedes-Benz. He was charged with possession with intent to supply a class B drug, the offence carried a 14 year jail sentence. He pleaded guilty and the court handed him a 12 month community order. Joshua lost his place in the GB boxing squad and had to do 100 hrs of community work unpaid. His father pulled his ears and spoke some hard truth into his head ,but he remained faithful and kept praying for his son.
Today Anthony Joshua looks back and says he would never have made it without his father’s strict love.
In June 2019 ,on the night he lost to Ruiz , his father was so upset with Eddie Hearn , Joshua’s promoter, he almost beat the man up in the ring after the fight. But he turned to his son and whispered into his ears,’ you fought like a Lion tonight ,but next time, fight smart like a Fox!
Joshua took his advice. WORLD heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua has revealed that he would hope to defend his title against Mexican Andy Ruiz who he defeated over the weekend in Nigeria.
And so on Saturday, Joshua reclaimed his four belts from Ruiz, at a fight which took place at the Diriyah Arena on the outskirts of the Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh. This was the second time the two fighters had met after Ruiz won their first bout in June and the Mexican has made it clear he wants a rematch.
Joshua is expected to return to London to defend his titles against Kubrat Pulev, but his promoter, Eddie Hearn has received numerous offers to stage future bouts elsewhere. Joshua, 30, said he began to dream of a fight in Nigeria, which would be the first time the continent has staged a world heavyweight title fight on the continent since 1974, when Mohammed Ali and George Foreman met in the Rumble in the Jungle in Zaire in 1974.