Growing up in Watford, Anthony moved to the capital when he was 17. It was there that he was introduced to boxing by his cousin, joining him at Finchley ABC a year later to start training.
Being a naturally gifted sportsman, Anthony played football at a high level and, with the stamina and speed he possessed, he could regularly run the 100m in less than 11 seconds. However, boxing was his passion and Anthony quickly rose through the ranks.
My earliest boxing memory is seeing Bermaine Stiverne in Las Vegas training at the Mayweather gym. There I got to see first hand how hard work really pays off.
The years that followed would see Anthony become Champion of Britain, win the ABAE title, retain it, reach the quarterfinals of the European Championships, defeat Olympic and two-time World Champion Roberto Cammarelle, win a silver medal in the World Championships, secure qualification for London 2012 and subsequently win the Super Heavyweight Gold Medal, standing out as one of the shining lights from one of the most successful Olympics in the modern era.
He was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2013 New Year’s Honours for services to boxing.
Anthony made his professional debut on the 5th October 2013 in front of a capacity crowd at the O2 Arena in London, beating the Italian Emanuele Leo by technical knockout in the first round.
A little more than a year after making his professional debut and already undefeated in eight fights, he stopped Denis Bakhtov one minute into the second round, again at the O2 Arena to win the WBC International Heavyweight Title.
The following year and now 13 fights without a loss, on 12th September 2015, Anthony stopped the previously undefeated Gary Cornish just one minute and 37 seconds into the first round to become the new Commonwealth Heavyweight Champion.
After a bitter rivalry that began in 2009, the hotly anticipated matchup between Anthony and Dillian Whyte took place on the 12th December 2015. The fight saw Anthony achieve his first career goal by becoming the British Heavyweight Champion after he won by knockout in the seventh round of a fierce fight. Not only was this the longest fight of his career, but it also took Anthony to 15 fights undefeated.
On the 9th April 2016, Anthony secured his place in history as he became the IBF World Heavyweight Champion, knocking out American, Charles Martin less than 60 seconds into the second round. In doing so Anthony not only took his record to 16-0 (all knockouts) but he became the fifth fastest man to become a World Heavyweight Champion, achieving the illustrious feat in just two-and-a-half years, almost a year quicker than his idol: Muhammad Ali.
You’re never a true champion until you defend your belt, and on the 25th June 2016, Anthony did just that. Unbeaten American, Dominic Breazeale, was to be the first to try and dethrone the World Champion, but to no avail, with Anthony brutally knocking the 6ft7” challenger to the canvas twice in the seventh round. The fight was stopped, and Anthony’s record now sits at 17-0 (all knockouts).
The future holds no boundaries for Anthony now, as he looks to capture the WBA and the WBO titles and further cement his name as one of the greats of the boxing world.