The Heavyweight boxing champion of the world, Anthony Joshua, OBE has expressed his appreciation to the Consul General of Nigeria in New York , Hon. Benaoyagha B.M Okoyen for the special letter of commendation which he received from the Consulate in June this year after he suffered his first professional defeat at Madison Square Garden, New York.
The two time heavyweight boxing champion regarded the letter as a big source of inspiration from a Nigerian government official in support of his career at a time he needed it most. In reciprocation, Joshua presented to the Consul General with an autographed copy of the official fight brochure at the Diriyah arena where he reclaimed his Heavyweight belts. The message was conveyed through renowned U.S based media practitioner, Joi John who was at Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to cover the historic fight.
Born in the United Kingdom to Nigerian parents, Anthony Oluwafemi Joshua has always identified with his Nigerian heritage. It will be recalled that moments after defeating Andy Ruiz Jr, he did a video message thanking Nigerians for their support. The special video went viral and reached over a million viewers on social media.