Anthony Joshua: Heavyweight champion addresses issue of racism in sports

Anthony Joshua: Heavyweight champion addresses issue of racism in sports

Anthony Joshua has lent a voice of courage to the disturbing trend of racism in sports, with the world unified heavyweight champion blaming the saddening development on "lack of education."

The British boxer was speaking on his victory over Andy Ruiz on December 7, and his prospects for his boxing career when asked to voice out his perception on the rise of racial segregation in sports.

Joshua gave blunt responses, describing the heart-wrenching trend as a way of human make-up before submitting that colour of skin should not determine how differences should be made in sports.

"It's just the way of human make-up I think. Some people have their way, some people have other ways," Joshua said.

"If you are in one stadium for the same purpose of enjoying football, I can't just understand why the narrative changes.

"And I feel that we all add something to the world no matter the race, religion, culture.

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"I think how can you take something negative out of something positive? It's not about football, it's not about skin colour, it's about individual that needs changing.

"It's not like 'Oh my skin colour is black, I am worse or the better. It's about that person over there, no matter the skin colour or the race," the heavyweight champion said.

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Meanwhile, reported that Anthony Joshua welcomed the challenge of sparring Tyson Fury after the fellow Brit accepted his proposal ahead of his next fight with Deontay Wilder.

Fury would be facing the American boxing star in February for the rematch of their WBC heavyweight title showdown.

And Joshua, who reclaimed his heavyweight titles from Mexican star Andy Ruiz in Saudi Arabia, offered to spar him- an unusual gesture Fury welcomed with both hands.

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