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Anthony Joshua was mobbed by supporters when he visited the Makoko slum in Lagos, Nigeria in July 2019.
The unified heavyweight champion had simply been dethroned by Andy Ruiz Jr on the time and travelled to Nigeria to spend time together with his household who originated from the nation.
Regardless of apparently being warned in opposition to it, AJ took a interval throughout his journey to go to Makoko.
He filmed a part of this expertise and confirmed himself receiving a hero’s welcome as he entered the neighbourhood.
Different clips later appeared on Nigerian information shops as Joshua hosted an impromptu press convention with locals.
One little woman claimed the microphone and bravely mentioned: “I’d wish to ask why you’re boxing for Britain and never for Nigeria.”
The 29-year-old initially balked on the awkward query, surrounded by a complete village of Nigerians, however then went on to clarify his story.
“My mum and my dad had been born in Nigeria,” AJ started, “Then once they had been 25 they went to London.
“I used to be born and I began boxing at 18. I got here again to Nigeria many instances after I was youthful.
“After which at some point my mum put me in boarding faculty [in Nigeria].”
Joshua’s time on the boarding faculty didn’t final and he returned to the UK by the point he was a youngster.
He proudly represents each the British and Nigerian flags and isn’t shy about paying homage to his African roots with a tattoo of the continent on his proper arm.