Anthony Joshua is giving back to his community.
Joshua who won the 2012 Olympic gold medal and is now the heavyweight champion, will help fund British Amateur Boxing.
“The doors to these gyms are always open to any kid from any background,” Joshua told BBC sports. “If I was 18 again and I was in a position where the gym was closed and it might not open, I would be devastated. It’s not just financial help. I will often try and motivate these kids by being among them, bringing my belts down and training with them. I believe in the next 10-15 years, you are going to see the leaders of tomorrow, but I hope it’s not 25-30 years because we have lost this next generation.”
Funding will be provided to the clubs most in need, which Gethin Jenkins, the chairman of England Boxing, is happy about.
“We are delighted and we thank Anthony for this much-needed financial support and for drawing attention to the role and support the clubs offer in their local communities and with it the need for greater government support to grassroots boxing clubs,” Jenkins said.
“I’m certain [it is going to happen], I’m keen and I’m ready,” said Joshua. “It’s about me challenging myself and getting my hands on that WBC belt because I want to be an undisputed heavyweight champion. That is legacy.”
Although Joshua vs. Fury is a fight that should take place in 2021, Joshua isn’t too keen on talking about it until he has a contract to sign.
“We are aiming for some time in June so it gives us a window to assess the situation with the [Covid-19] pandemic here,” Joshua said. “I will do it any time and any place, but until that fight is reality and his signature is on the dotted line, I’m not really going to talk about it.”
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