Anthony Joshua: From Watford to world champion

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Anthony Joshua has won his third world heavyweight boxing title after beating Joseph Parker in Cardiff on Saturday.

Nearly 80,000 fans were at the Principality Stadium to watch Joshua box in the one of the biggest matches of 2018.

But where did it all start for AJ?

Check out Newsround's quick guide to Britain's heavyweight boxing champion.

So who is he and how did he get started?

Anthony Joshua was born in Watford, Hertfordshire, and is one of Britain's best professional boxers.

The 28-year-old's mother is from Nigeria, Africa, and his father is from Britain.

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Anthony Joshua as a baby aged six months

Joshua was sports-mad from a very young age.

He was brilliant at football and athletics and broke the Year Nine 100m record with a time of 11.6 seconds.

Anthony decided to get really serious with boxing at the age of 18 and joined a local club.

Going for gold
Anthony Joshua (in blue) fights for gold in the Men's Super-heavyweight boxing at the London 2012 Olympic GamesAFP/Getty Images
Anthony Joshua (in blue) started boxing when he was 18-years-old

Anthony became very good at the sport of boxing very quickly, and had won all 18 fights at amateur level during his early 20s.

He soon set a goal to become an Olympic champion.

In 2012, Joshua won the gold medal in the super heavyweight category at the London Olympics.

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Anthony Joshua celebrates after winning gold at the London 2012 Olympic Games

He became a professional boxer in July 2013, which means he started earning money for taking part in matches.

Joshua used some of that money to buy his very first boxing club, Finchley ABC, some new equipment.

He said: "This is where I started so I also donated some of my memorabilia in the hope that, when the children see it, it will inspire them to dream big."

How many championship belts has Joshua won?
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Well boxing is pretty complicated, and there isn't just one heavyweight championship in the world.

There are actually four major belts up for grabs offered by different organisations.

Anthony won his first belt, the IBF heavyweight championship in April 2016.

On 29 April 2017, Joshua won a boxing match against Ukrainian boxer Wladimir Klitschko to add the WBA title to his collection.

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Anthony Joshua with his world heavyweight championship belts

On 31 March 2018, he won the WBO belt after beating New Zealand's Joseph Parker in the first heavyweight unification match held in Britain.

The victory means that Joshua now holds three of the four major world championships on offer in the heavyweight division.

He only has the WBC world title left to win, which is currently held by American boxer Deontay Wilder.