(File) Anthony Joshua speaks throughout the annual Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey in London on March 09, 2020. Ben STANSALL / POOL / AFP
Unified heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua, says he has misplaced ‘close friends’ to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO titles holder revealed this in a video on his YouTube channel the place he urged individuals to remain secure because the pandemic sweeps throughout the globe.
The boxer, who additionally wished a speedy restoration to those that have examined constructive for the illness, described COVID-19 as ‘no joke’.
“Wherever you are in the world, I’m just checking in personally for everyone to just say that I hope you’re all well, you’re all keeping safe,” he stated within the video.
Joshua added, “This can be a message to say you’ve bought my help, we’re all doing the best factor. To the people who find themselves affected by coronavirus, I want you a speedy restoration as a result of it’s no joke.
“To those who’ve suffered, and misplaced family members, I wish to say preserve your head up. You’ve bought my love. Blessings to you and your loved ones and condolences.
“I’ve misplaced nobody instant to me however I’ve misplaced shut ones from my boxing health club, shut pals, pals of pals, and it will get severe when it begins coming nearer to residence.”
Joshua’s IBF title defence bout together with his challenger, Kubrat Pulev, is billed for June however there are speculations it may be cancelled as a result of outbreak of the illness.
In March, the boxer positioned himself in self-isolation following a gathering with Prince Charles who had examined constructive for coronavirus.
Prince Charles on March 9 met with the Queen, Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, and stars of sport and leisure — together with Joshua — on the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey.