New World Heavy Weight Champion Credits Pounded Yam and Eba as the Secret to His Success (@anthonyfjoshua)

Posted on: May 1st, 2017 | by:


On Saturday, 29th April 2017, Anthony Oluwafemi Olaseni Joshua (AJ) made history before a sold out Wembley crowd when he beat Wladimir Klitchko to add the  WBA world heavy weight title to his trophy cabinet.

Both fighters gave an enthralling performance that took the fight all the way  to the 11th round and left the crowd in rapturous cheers.

At 41, Klitchko gave this fight everything and in round 6 gave the predominantly British crowd a scare when his calculated punches took Anthony to the canvas for the first time in his career.

All was made right when in the 11th round a brutal uppercut connected with Klitchko’s jaw stunning the former heavyweight champion and causing him to slump to the mat. He got up two more times before  referee David Fields called the bout  giving Joshua the victory.


Joshua, whose mom is Nigerian, made waves in his motherland as many praised his victory. He has not turned a blind eye to this and has promised to provide some form of aid to Nigeria  as a way to give back.

In an Interview at the The Laureus World Sports Awards, when quizzed about what his secret to winning was, he cheekily laughed  and said, “that’s the pounded yam, eba, egusi. That’s the secret of the success”

Well Nigerians take a bow, your food just produced an iconic world champion.


By Benjamin J. Obeng