- Anthony Joshua claimed he thought that the ENDSARS protests in Nigeria were about a virus
- The world boxing heavyweight champion initially believed the movement was referring to the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)
- Joshua defeated Kubrat Pulev to retain his IBF belt and is ready to face Tyson Fury in a double-header in 2021
Anthony Joshua revealed that he thought the anti-police brutality protests tagged as ENDSARS last October was about a virus.
The SARS perceived by Joshua is a viral respiratory disease fully known as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome associated with coronavirus.
Joshua told Punch quoted by Pulse:
“I never knew what SARS was during my time in Nigeria; I never encountered SARS, so, when the movement started happening, I thought SARS was maybe like a virus, I didn’t know SARS."
The IBF, WBO, WBA and IBO heavyweight later revealed that he educated himself by doing plenty of research.
"One day after training, my uncle called me and this was just before the issue of the Lekki toll gate, about five hours before it, he called me and told me about the situation on the ground. He told me the people of Nigeria loved me and wanted to hear my voice on it.
“I told him I didn’t know enough about it to talk about it and he said I should just lend my voice and bring awareness. So, I said if it’s what I can do for now, let me just lend my voice and bring my attention to it because I have a big platform.
"So, I just said it’s important to find a common ground because you can’t overthrow the government in a minute, but we need to find a common solution that will benefit the people.
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“So I thought it was important for me to send out a positive message and shortly after that, about four hours later, people had been murdered at the toll gate. So, I said this wasn’t only about finding a common ground, this had to stop.
"But I didn’t want to go back on my message, I had sent a message out and I had done a lot more research about the #EndSARS movement."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that following his victory over Kubrat Pulev, his mandatory challenger, British-Nigerian boxer Anthony Joshua has moved to number one position in the latest Ring Magazine Heavyweight Ranking.
Joshua brutally stopped Pulev in round 9 of their epic bout at the 02 Arena in London on December 12 to defend his WBA, WBO and IBF titles.
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In the latest ranking, Joshua secured his No.1 position in The Ring Magazine's rankings, behind Tyson Fury who's still The Ring Magazine champion.
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