02-21-2013, 11:45 AM
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Anthony Joshua wins MBE
Olympic and Paralympic athletes who won gold last summer have been awarded MBEs for their outstanding achievements.
Amateur boxer Anthony Joshua, who won super-heavyweight gold at London 2012, was among them.
When the imposing fighter, who is 6ft 6in, shook hands with the Prince after the presentation, he said Charles joked with him, saying: 'Shouldn't you be playing basketball?'
http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2013/...81_634x396.jpg Heavyweight hope: There are many who have predicted big things for Anthony Joshua, if and when he turns pro
The boxer added: 'Last year was unbelievable, it's a great honour to have an MBE in my family.'
His story is exceptional as the 23-year-old only took up boxing at the age of 18 after his cousin, Gbenga Ileyemi, the 2011 ABA heavyweight champion, took him to a club.
Joshua can remember almost every punch and shot of his final gold-winning bout against Italy's Roberto Cammarelle.
http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2013/...60_634x397.jpg King of the ring and the future king: Prince Charles awards Joshua his MBE
He said: 'At the end of the second round I was three points down. I couldn't believe it, I was shocked.
'In the corner I said to myself 'You're three points down...doesn't mean you've lost this battle, you've got one round to give it everything you've got.'
'I didn't want to turn it into a s**** so I kept on boxing. I threw my combinations of left and right and pulled it back and it went to countback, where they watch the video replay and add up all the averages and scores, and I won it by two points and became Olympic champion.'
http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2013/...73_634x341.jpg Crowning moment: Joshua was awarded victory, on countback, over Roberto Camarelle
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