Heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua, picks Nigeria’s national identity card



The National Identity Management Commission on Wednesday posted pictures of Nigerian-born heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua, applying for the country’s National Identification card.

On its Twitter handle, the commission posted: “Anthony Joshua enrolls for the National Identification Number and issued his NIN slip.”

Joshua’s mother Yeta is a Nigerian, while his father Robert Joshua is of Nigerian and Irish ancestry.

Joshua spent some of his early years in Nigeria as a boarding school student at Mayflower School in Ikenne.

The boxer, who currently holds the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO titles was a mason before taking up boxing full-time.

His cousin, Ben Ileyemi, is also a professional boxer.

The pair made their professional debuts together in 2013.

Joshua has also expressed interest in chess and reading books to reinforce his boxing and tactical abilities.

The boxer during his meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in London in January pledged to stand up for Nigeria at anytime.

Joshua prostrated for the President at full stretch in what was believed to have helped him win more fans to his camp.

He also paid a visit to his hometown, Sagamu in Ogun State, where he was received by thousands of ecstatic indigenes and residents.