Photo of Anthony Joshua as a teenager shows incredible body transformation

Anthony Joshua will go down in sporting history for being a two-time unified world heavyweight boxing champion – and he had to spend years transforming his mind and body to get there.

The Watford-born boxing icon spent time as a boarding school student in Nigeria before moving back to England to attend Kings Langley Secondary School from the age of 12.

Initially excelling at athletics, Joshua began boxing in 2007 at the age of 18 and went on to win gold with Team GB at the London 2012 Olympics before making his mark on the professional scene the following year.

Turning pro back in 2013, Joshua looked almost unrecognisable from his skinny teenage self, eventually weighing in at a career-high 18 stone for his 2017 defence against Carlos Takam.

Joshua has been open about his grounded route into professional boxing having grown up on the Meriden Estate in Garston, and recently discussed his time in boarding school.

Joshua told Vogue: "I spent about nine months in a boarding school. Really tough. No nonsense. Education is, 'I want you to be a doctor or a lawyer.' There's no YouTube, no boxing.

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"None of that, it's either doctor or lawyer, simple. So education is important in Nigerian schools and especially in a boarding school."

Adding: "Discipline; so tomorrow through your mistake, you're not going to make the same mistake again, so that's why I believe mistakes are good."

Joshua is currently preparing for his rematch against Oleksandr Usyk after losing to the former undisputed cruiserweight champion back in September.

Saying of his plans in December: "I had to make changes. If you remain the same, you get the same results.

"I've got to look at myself, I can only be accountable for me. I'm angry at myself and the only way I can be in a better place is to get myself right by going out there and performing. It's going to be like this for a few months.

"I do things with a smile on my face, but behind that there's a lot of tension brewing and the only way to get it out is by training and performing."

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