Anthony Joshua ‘honoured’ as stunning 40-foot mural is unveiled on Tottenham’s high street
‘Honored’ boxer Anthony Joshua watches on a laptop as a stunning 40-foot mural is unveiled in Tottenham by the street artist who painted similar works by Marcus Rashford and George Floyd
- A stunning 12-foot mural by Anthony Joshua has been unveiled in Tottenham
- The heavyweight champion will take on Oleksandr Usyk . on Saturday
- Artist Akse P19 has created murals for Marcus Rashford, George Floyd and more
- Joshua Reveals He’s ‘Honored’ To Be A Part Of The History Akse Creates
Anthony Joshua has revealed his pride after a stunning 40-foot mural was unveiled on Tottenham High Road ahead of his fight against Oleksandr Usyk.
The 31-year-old is set to defend his collection of titles against the former undisputed cruiserweight champion and now heavyweight contender at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday night.
Joshua, who is fighting in front of a packed London stadium for the first time since stopping Alexander Povetkin at Wembley in 2018, will headline the first boxing event at Tottenham’s state-of-the-art arena.
Ahead of the highly anticipated heavyweight clash, artist Akse P19 – who has a growing reputation after his poignant portrayals of Marcus Rashford, Captain Sir Thomas Moore, George Floyd, Kalvin Phillips, Ian Curtis and others – has created another stunning spectacle.
Joshua’s mantra of ‘stay hungry, stay humble’ is displayed alongside a photo that depicts the night he avenged his shocking defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr and regained his WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO belts on a memorable night in Saudi Arabia in 2019.
Anthony Joshua’s mantra ‘stay hungry, stay humble’ was displayed on the beautiful mural
Joshua said of the mural: “I’ve seen what Akse has done with Captain Tom, George Floyd and Rashford, as well as Kalvin Phillips and Ian Curtis from Leeds United.
“So it’s an honor to be among these wonderful people and I’m glad he chose me to be a part of this amazing history he is creating.”
He continued: ‘I’m not saying I’m an icon, but the fact that he paints people doing great things makes me feel humble and honored.
“The fight in this painting is also taken from when I became a two-time heavyweight world champion, so I feel like it has a pivotal history.”
Joshua and Usyk looked at each other one last time before the fight during Friday’s weigh-in
Joshua is aiming for a historic, all-British, undisputed showdown with Tyson Fury, who will defend his WBC title against Deontay Wilder on October 9.
The pair have a long history and were on the brink of a mega fight this summer, with promoters Eddie Hearn and Frank Warren hinting that the match will be made if the pair overcome their impending hurdles.
It would be a milestone in British sport, another time to add to the collection for Joshua, who has already been awarded an OBE in 2018 to add to the MBE he received after his gold medal at the Olympics in 2018. London in 2012.
Artist Akse P19 created a beautiful mural of Marcus Rashford in Manchester after his incredible charity work to help feed poor children
Akse designed and painted the image of the Manchester United star on a jet black background
Hundreds of tributes to Marcus Rashford were left after the mural was damaged – which were then removed to be kept in a library and on a virtual ‘Wall of Hope’
Joshua’s impressive mural, commissioned by JD Sport, whose heavyweight ambassador is the latest work in Akse P19’s expanding collection.
The artist commemorated Rashford’s charity work, in which he worked tirelessly to ensure poverty-stricken children were fed during school holidays, with an equally striking mural in Manchester.
The mural was subsequently damaged following England’s defeat in the Euro 2020 final against Italy this summer, in which the Manchester United star was subjected to racial slurs on social media along with team-mates Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka.
Hundreds of tributes were then placed on the mural, which were then removed and kept in a library and on a virtual ‘Wall of Hope’.
Akse P19’s work also includes a mural of Leeds midfielder Kalvin Phillips, pictured alongside club legends Albert Johanneson and Lucas Radebe to honor the club’s diverse history, alongside depictions of Captain Tom Moore and George Floyd, both in Manchester.
Akse P19 also created a mural of Kalvin Phillips, which Leeds United unveiled last year to honor the club’s diverse racial history
Akse painted a mural of George Floyd in Manchester after he was murdered in 2020