Anthony Joshua, world heavyweight boxing champion, has been presented with an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his services to sport.
The British-Nigerian received the honour from the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday. The investiture marks the latest accolade Joshua has collected after he was also given an MBE in 2013.
Speaking about his OBE after the Buckingham Palace ceremony, Joshua said: “It’s understanding what I’ve done and I feel like in terms of services to sport it’s like creating an economy and it helps people from different backgrounds.”
Joshua, who grew up in Watford, said boxing provides opportunities for people from diverse backgrounds.
He said: “In boxing you meet people, you inspire them and they do the same. You never know where it could take someone. That’s important.
“It’s not just the medal; it’s what I’ve done to achieve it.”
The WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight champion has experienced a remarkable rise to the top of the boxing world and will be a keen observer at Saturday’s fight between Dillian Whyte and Derek Chisora, while he considers the options for his next bout.