Anthony Joshua is the most exciting heavyweight boxer on the planet, at the time of writing this post he has just defeated the legendary Wladimir Klitschko to unify the IBF, IBO, and WBA (Super) heavyweight belts, and the world is taking notice. The debate has rapidly progressed from talk about whether Joshua was really ‘world level’ to talk about whether he may be the next Mike Tyson, whether he could unify every available top level belt, and even whether he could dominate the heavyweight division for an entire generation like Wladimir.
There are several excellent documentaries about Anthony Joshua and when watched together they chart his rise to super stardom, it seems like there has been one official authorised Anthony Joshua documentary released each year beginning in 2014, the annual release of a new documentary could well be part of a genius long term marketing strategy devised by Eddie Hearn and Barry Hearn of Matchroom Sport to raise Joshua’s profile! All four of the authorised Anthony Joshua documentaries so far are listed below in chronological order of release date, and each one is available to watch for free here on Documentary Vine!
A 50 minute long Sky Sports documentary, first airing on 24th August 2014, which gives some insight into Anthony Joshua’s life before boxing, filmed at a time when he had been involved in just seven professional fights. This documentary charts the earliest part of his professional career, in the period which followed him winning a gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics as an amateur, and includes contributions from various people including his promoter Eddie Hearn who has helped to mastermind his rise to global fame. In the film Joshua outlines his plans to become a future World Heavyweight champion, at the time he had won no belts whatsoever. Watch here.
This ITV4 documentary aired in April 2015 and adopts a similar theme to Heavyweight Hopes, giving a background on Joshua’s early life as a delinquent and tells how boxing helped him to change his life for the better. A film crew is given access behind the scenes as Joshua prepared for his sixth professional fight against Matt Legg on an undercard at Wembley Stadium, it was billed as the toughest fight of his career at the time which is remarkable considering Legg could be considered a complete nobody in the sport and three years later Joshua is a unified world heavyweight champion! Matt Legg has yet to step into the ring again, it looks like Joshua ended his career. Watch here.
In December 2015 Anthony Joshua won the British Heavyweight Title in a tough fight with Dillian Whyte at a sold out O2 arena in London. In the month prior fellow Brit Tyson Fury stole the belts of Wladimir Klitschko in a historic night in Germany, but was subsequently forced to relinquish his IBF belt due to refusing to fight their mandatory challenger. An American prospect Charles Martin won that belt, and the stage was set for Joshua to attempt to win his first World Heavyweight Title in a fight with Charles Martin at the O2. This documentary follows Joshua during his preparations for his big shot at the title, some were claiming the fight had come too early. Watch here.
Anthony Joshua became the IBF heavyweight champion in 2016, less than three years since his first professional fight, and after two successful defenses he was presented in 2017 with the opportunity to win two more vacant belts and in the process become a unified heavyweight champion. There was however a big barrier standing between him and unification, he had to get past Wladimir Klitschko – the man who had been undisputed heavyweight champion of the world until he lost to Tyson Fury in 2015. Klitschko had a lot to prove, and it was billed as a 50/50 fight, The Road To Klischko is a BBC One documentary which helped set the scene for the bout which had already been confirmed as a British record for ticket sales, it sold out Wembley Stadium in London. Watch here.
Joshua, by John Dennen (of Boxing News), is an unauthorized biography published just after Anthony Joshua defeated Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley Stadium to become a unified World Heavyweight champion. The book is the first biography of Joshua to be published and has received good reviews, it tells the story of his rise to greatness.