Nigerian-born British former boxing world champion Anthony Joshua got fans excited after arriving Nigeria on Friday morning for a vacation as he continues preparation for his rematch with Andy Ruiz jr.
Joshua fell to the Mexican-American on June 1 and lost his three titles – the WBA, IBF and WBO belts – as a result, but has now taken time out to visit the country of his birth for the first time in many years.
The boxing star’s arrival in Nigeria was captured in a clip by his sister, Angela, and posted on social media with the message, “Welcome home my dear brother 🇳🇬❤️ May the Lord almighty uphold you. Strengthen you and be with you. Back to the mother land. The soil of our foundation #JoshuaGeneration.”
In another post, she said: “Your Boy and God your son is just fine. ❤️🙏🏿 Thank you Nigeria – the only words I can use to describe our welcome is Immersed with Love, peace from the heavens, Joy, unlimited joy and abundance, rains and showers of blessings. We are truly grateful ❤️❤️✨✨🙏🏿🙏🏿”
Joshua, who lost his first professional fight in the defeat to Ruiz, is expected to face the Mexican-American again later in 2019 for four title belts.
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