Anthony Joshua denied reports he wasn’t allowed to represent Nigeria .
Anthony Joshua has denied reports that he has not been given the chance to represent Nigeria at the 2008 Olympic Games.
if you could recall that there were many unverified reports that the World Champion had contacted the Nigerian boxing authorities to represent the country at the Beijing Games, but was turned down, reason being that, the trials had been concluded at the time he made his interest known.
The 31-year-old, UK-born to his Nigerian parents, went ahead to represent Britain at the 2012 Olympic Games and came with a gold medal.
In an interview with Punch, Joshua denied the reports that he was not given the chance to represent Nigeria
According to him, if he showed interest in representing Nigeria, he would have been allowed easily.
I can’t honestly recall that I was representing Nigeria, I was representing Great Britain, I had no trouble vying for Great Britain at the time, it was easy.
I’m sure Nigeria would have have accepted me. I don’t think I have any issues, none that I can recall, but I would certainly have competed with Nigeria as well. Nigeria would probably have opened their doors and supported me for sure.
Anthony Joshua bounces back in the ring after 12 months to challenge IBF mandatory boxer Kubrat Pulev for the heavyweight world titles happening at the SSE Arena, Wembley on Saturday, December 12.
Joshua last won Andy Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia to take back the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO belts he lost to him at Madison Square Garden in June 2019.