Members of the family of the world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua have revealed they went on days of fasting and prayers to support the fighter’s dream of retaining his titles.
The family also insisted the Federal Government and Ogun State should name a popular stadium after the superstar
According to the spokesman of the family David Oladoye Joshua said they decided to keep supporting the boxer through every means including prayers to God.
He said Joshua had brought honour not only to the family but the entire Nigerians and the Federal Government and Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State should name a sporting monument after their son.
“This will encourage other young talents who may like to take after Anthony,” Oladoye who is an uncle of the boxer told our correspondent shortly after Joshua defeated Carlos Tarkam of Cameroon in Cardiff United Kingdom on Saturday.
“As a family, we have offered our support because he is a proud son of Sagamu and relates with us regularly showing appreciation of what we do here. We are a Christian family and we prayed and fasted for him before this fight because we know that as he moves higher, it will get tougher.
Another member of the family Raymond Ajakaiye said that Joshua’s victory was more significant because it happened on Sagamu Day.
He said apart from the stadium, a popular street in the town, Cinema Road, where Joshua’s family house is located should be named after the boxer. “Anthony stands for justice and fairness, he has been like that since we were kids and we are not surprised about his exploits now.
He has done so much to project the name of this country, you can see that he made his entry into the ring with a Nigerian song, he also had Nigerian flag, it tells you how much he loves this country. He has also spoken severally about taking one of his fights here, he is so keen about this,” he said