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Anthony Joshua Secures New Heavyweight Title After Unanimous Victory Against Joseph Parker

Joshua's win means that he now holds three of the four recognized world boxing titles.

British-Nigerian boxer Anthony Joshua is now holds the WBO world heavyweight champion, after defeating opponent Joseph Parker in a highly-anticipated match on Saturday night in Cardiff, Wales.

It was a calculated and extended win for Joshua, who challenged Parker's durability over a 36 minute match, eventually earning the win in the 11th round after a unanimous decision.

"This was about boxing finesse—I stuck to my word," the heavyweight told Sky Sports. "I know what it takes to be a champion. Joshua Parker said he wanted a war, but it was all about boxing finesse. The main thing we cannot forget is that I am the unified heavyweight champion of the world."


Joshua's win means that he now holds three of the four recognized world titles, repots BBC News. He is now the unified WBA, IBF and WBO world heavyweight.

Joshua had no reservations about revealing who he wants to take on next.

"I want [Deontay] Wilder or [Tyson] Fury. Get him [Wilder] in the ring and I'll knock him spark out."

Clearly there's no slowing this man down. Congrats to the heavyweight champion!

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''I'm having the time of my life,'' says Adekunle Gold over a Zoom call while seated in his office in Lagos. ''I'm making songs that are so true to my current energy, my current vibe.'' When I got on the call with the 34-year-old artist on a Wednesday afternoon, the first thing I noticed was his hair tied up in little braids, the second was his wide smile. As we speak, the crooner laughs multiple times but it's his aura that shines through the computer screen, it lets you know better than his words that he's truly having the time of life.

Born Adekunle Kosoko, the popular Nigerian singer got married barely two years ago to fellow artist Simi. Last year, the power couple welcomed their first child. As we talk, Gold points to his journey as a father and a husband as some of the biggest inspirations at the moment not just as far as music goes but as his perspective in life and how he now approaches things.

''My [artistry] has changed a lot because being a father and being a husband has made me grow a lot and more.'' Adekunle Gold tells OkayAfrica. ''It has made me understand life a lot more too. I'm feeling more responsible for people. You know, now I have a kid to raise and I have a wife to support, to be a real man and husband and father for.'' He credits this journey with both his newfound happiness and a newfound freedom as an artist.

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