Anthony Joshua ‘Discipline of Nigerian parents is key to success’ boxer says

Anthony Joshua reveals that his Nigerian parents instilled discipline in him which has made him successful.

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Anthony Joshua and Arunma Oteh play Anthony Joshua and Arunma Oteh (Twitter/Arunma Oteh)
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New WBA, IBF Heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua believes the discipline of his Nigerian parents is the key to his success.

Joshua’s Nigerian root has been a topic of conversation since his epic win over Wladimir Klitschko on Saturday, April 29.

The 27-year-old was born to Nigerian parents, Jonathan, his dad who is half-Irish and his mum Yetunde.

Anthony Joshua and dad, Jonathan play Anthony Joshua and his dad (BPI / Ben Queenborough)

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Joshua met with Arunma Oteh, who is the Treasurer and Vice President of the World Bank in London.

The former Director General of the Nigerian Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) shared the photo of their meeting on Twitter.

Anthony Joshua, unified world heavyweight champion. Proud as he said discipline of Nigerian parents is key 2 success,” Oteh wrote alongside the photo.

Anthony Joshua play Anthony Joshua has always embraced his Nigerian root (AFP/File)

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The boxer has always embraced his Nigerian root; in the past, the British boxer has credit Nigerian dishes like Egusi and Pounded yam for his strength.

He spent six months at Mayflower Private School, Ogun State, an experience he said taught him discipline which has gotten very far in his career.

It was a change and I thought I was going to go for the full course: 5.30am in the morning, up fetch your water, put like an iron in your water to warm it up. Your clothes had to be washed and ironed,” the boxer told Daily Mail in April.

“It wasn't an issue but I wasn't prepared. It was a good discipline.

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