British Olympic boxing champion, Anthony Oluwafemi Olaseni Joshua, is eager to inspire more boxers in the pugilist sport in the New Year after defeating former kick-boxer Dillian Whyte to take the British heavyweight title on Saturday with a bruising seventh-round knockout and edge closer to a possible shot at the world crown.
The 26-year-old boxer born in Watford to a Nigerian mother and an English father of Nigerian and Irish descent, took his record to 15 knockouts from 15 fights since turning pro after winning the 2012 Olympic gold in London.
The impressive win raises the prospect of a clash with WBO and WBA heavyweight champion Tyson Fury if his fellow British fighter beats Wladimir Klitschko in their world title rematch and the boxer took to social media to react to the importance of the victory against Whyte.
“Anything else is a bonus! I want this to spiral. I want to inspire the next generation of boxers. Bring on 2016. Saturday was about war! Now back to work to improve,” tweeted ‘AJ’ as Joshua is fondly called by fans on his official twitter handle, @anthonyfjoshua.