Sky yesterday joined forces with IBF World Heavyweight champion boxer and Olympic gold medallist Anthony Oluwafemi Joshua MBE, who has become a Sky Ambassador.
Joshua joins Sky and its award-winning products, services and content, from Sky Q and Sky Go to Sky Atlantic and Sky Sports. Fighting on Sky and Sky Sports Box Office, the heavyweight champion has been a constant fixture on screens over the past five years, with this news cementing a long-standing relationship.
The partnership will also see Joshua play a leading role in supporting Sky’s commitment to helping young people reach their potential across the UK and Ireland. By the end of this academic year, over half a million young people will have been involved in Sky Academy initiatives.
The news comes ahead of Joshua’s world heavyweight unification title fight – the biggest of his professional career to date – against Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley Stadium live on Sky Sports Box Office.
After winning super-heavyweight gold at the London Olympics in 2012, Joshua turned professional and has since won all 18 of his professional bouts by knockout.
IBF Heavyweight World Champion and Olympic gold medallist Anthony Joshua MBE said: “Sky have been with me since the start of my professional career. They’ve followed me every step of the way and I am pleased to be joining such a great and ambitious organisation.
“As a Sky Ambassador, I believe I’m in an incredibly strong position to inspire others, especially the next generation, to unlock their future potential and give something back.
“I want to reach out to people, use the progress I am making in the ring as a platform to complete a number of projects globally, and this partnership with Sky will help unlock that work.”
Joshua was born in Watford to Nigerian-born parents. His cousin is fellow unbeaten professional boxer Ben lleyemi. The pair made their professional debuts together in 2013.
He grew up for some of his early years in Nigeria and returned to the UK halfway through Year Seven to join Kings Langley Secondary School.
Growing up on the Meriden Estate in Garston, Hertfordshire, Joshua was called ‘Femi’ by his friends and former teachers, due to his middle name ‘Oluwafemi’.
He excelled at football and athletics and broke the Year Nine 100m record with a time of 11.6 seconds
He became a boxer at the age of 18 and is the second boxer, after Joe Frazier, to win a world heavyweight title whilst still reigning as Olympic champion at the top weight.