A week removed from defending his IBF heavyweight title for the second time this year, Anthony Joshua is currently one of the most recognisable sportsmen in Britain. Owing in part to an imposing 6ft 6 frame and boasting a deadly 100% knockout record, AJ has been on an astronomical rise since entering the pro ranks as reigning Olympic champ over three years ago. With the biggest challenge of his career up next year, Joshua’s star could go supernova if he defeats Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley Stadium.
On this particular day, past conquests and the challenges that lay ahead seemed a million miles away as Joshua walked into a London gallery, in front of ecstatic competition winners, for a night called In Conversation alongside Luke Wood and Julie Adenuga for Beats By Dre. Music has played an instrumental role in forging Joshua’s new status as a crossover star, most recently seen in a BE HEARD playlist on Apple Music that features an eclectic mix of soul, rap and grime ranging from 1973 to present day. After managing to fight through the scrum of boxing fans desperate for AJ to sign every piece of boxing paraphernalia they owned, we managed to tie down the man for a rare moment of piece and quiet.