The family of Anthony Joshua in Sagamu, Ogun State, said on Thursday they had begun preparations for the homecoming of the heavyweight champion of the world.
Nigerian-born Joshua got global acclaim after he knocked out Ukrainian legend Wladimir Klitschko in their heavyweight battle of the ages April 29, and is set to be given a grand reception in the country in August.
According to an uncle of the boxer, Adedamola Joshua, plans are well underway to ensure his visit is memorable, Punch reports.
“The family has begun plans for the visit of Anthony in August. We are aware that a private company wants to bring him to the country to motivate the younger ones,” he said.
“We have given them our support and we have also started to make our own plans on how to ensure that the visit is successful. We will work with them to see how he can visit the family home and also see some other important places.
“Anthony is now a role model for many youths in the country and his visit should be a well-planned event.”
Joshua’s cousin, Raymond Ajakaiye, was also full of excitement.
“The family is excited to work with the organisers of the visit. Anthony is one of our own and we are looking forward to August when the visit will take place. The elders and the youths have started plans on how to make it memorable – both for Anthony and the family.”
Meanwhile, a member of the Ogun State House of Assembly representing Sagamu 1, Yinka Mafe, said he’d moved a motion on the floor of the assembly to name the Gateway Stadium after the heavyweight king.
“I have moved the motion for the renaming of the Gateway Stadium on the floor of the assembly, and we are liaising with the executive arm on how to make this possible,” he said.