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Anthony Joshua given OBE honour by British Queen

Anthony Joshua has received an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) – an honour given to an individual for a major role in any activity such as business, sports, charity or the public sector.

The British world heavyweight boxing champion received the title in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Nigeria-born Joshua is currently the World Boxing Association, International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Organisation titles.

He defeated Joseph Parker in their unification clash in Cardiff in March, and has now been honoured for his services to boxing.

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In 2013, 28-year-old Joshua was rewarded with an MBE after claiming an Olympic gold medal at the London 2012 Games.

A Joshua versus WBC champion Deontay Wilder is on the cards, but Joshua insists negotiations must remain ‘realistic’.

“Everyone has seen the gold at the end of the rainbow, and everyone wants a piece,” he told Sky Sports.

“It’s not a problem, there’s enough in the pot for everyone to eat, but just be realistic and that’s all it is.”

Other sports persons honoured in the list announced on Friday night include England and Bournemouth striker Jermain Defoe and Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish.

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