Anthony Joshua takes fight to the streets in support of troubled youths
Heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua is offering supporters the chance to grab a selfie with him before his upcoming fight to raise money for the UK’s disaffected youth.
The towering boxer - who is set to defend his title against Alexander Povetkin on September 22 - has teamed up with StubHub for a charity auction, which will see supporters bidding for an AJ meet-and-greet at the pre-fight weigh-in.
Also on offer in the eBay-hosted auction will be VIP ringside seats for the fight (worth £2000), as well as signed gloves, replica belts and photos.
The fundraiser is expected to raise serious cash for Key4Life - an award-winning charity dedicated to turning around the lives of young offenders and those at risk of going to prison.
Fans keen to get up close and personal with Joshua should head to ebay.co.uk on Monday, September 3 at 8.30pm.
Joshua and official ticketing partner StubHub decided to take action after hearing the heartbreaking stories of young people whose lives have been destroyed by crime.
After his release from Ashfield Prison, Key4Life success story Tom took advantage of the charity’s work placement program to secure a permanent job in the kitchen of a top pub/hotel. He is now the head chef of The Antelope in Wareham and was presented with an “outstanding achievement” award by proud prison staff.
Key4Life is particularly close to Joshua’s heart, having lived a life that could have easily taken him down a different path had he not decided to dedicate himself to boxing.
“I got caught up in some of the wrong things,” said Joshua in Sky Sports documentary ‘Anthony Joshua - Heavyweight Hopes’.
“It doesn’t take long for things to happen. It wasn’t a long time but a lot went on.
“Now I look back on it, if I’d have taken advice from my parents who had been there... things might have been a lot easier.”
Stay tuned to LineUp for more on Anthony Joshua in the build up to his showdown with Alexander Povetkin.