January 17, 2017

British boxing world champion Anthony Joshua is hit by shocking anti-Muslim abuse

The IBF heavyweight title holder (circled) took time out of his training to visit the religious building in Dubai, but was greeted with a torrent of criticism by so-called fans after sharing it online. Joshua, 27, is not a Muslim, and has previously said he doesn't follow any religion, but rather takes an interest in different faiths. The British fighter tweeted a picture of him and two other men kneeling behind two copies of the Qoran inside a lavish looking Mosque in some rare downtime from training for his superfight with Wladimir Klitschko on April 29 at Wembley. It was accompanied with the caption: 'Besides luck, hard work and talent - prayer is a solid foundation. It was nice to join my brother as he led through afternoon prayer.' Some of his followers said they would never watch him again, while a vile post from a man identifying as Terry Johnson called on the Prime Minister Theresa May to deport Joshua for his faith in a twisted tweet, saying: 'Get out of my country.' Dozens of fans leapt to the defence of the heavyweight, pointing out the much-loved Muhammad Ali was a practicing Muslim.


Boxing world champion Anthony Joshua has been hit with a wave of shocking anti-Muslim abuse after tweeting a picture of himself praying in a mosque. 

The IBF heavyweight title holder took time out of his training to visit the religious building in Dubai, but was greeted with a torrent of criticism by so-called fans after sharing it online. 

Joshua, 27, is not a Muslim, and has previously said he doesn't follow any religion, but rather has an interest in them.


The British fighter tweeted a picture of him and two other men kneeling behind two copies of the Qoran inside a lavish looking Mosque in some rare downtime from training for his superfight with Wladimir Klitschko on April 29 at Wembley. 

It was accompanied with the caption: 'Besides luck, hard work and talent - prayer is a solid foundation. 


'It was nice to join my brother as he led through afternoon prayer.'

The picture was then subjected to vitriolic comments from people who claimed to be fans of the London superstar. 

A man identifying as Terry Johnson called on the Prime Minister Theresa May to deport Joshua for his faith in a twisted Tweet, saying: 'Get out of my country.'

Mark Warren tweeted his disgust at the notion Joshua was a Muslim, declaring he was no longer a supporter or a fan. 

Users Lee Wooley and Matt C both said they would be supporting Klitchko, while a man calling himself Right Wing Roy said he would not watch Joshua fight again due to his tweet. 

A number of others shared the strange opinion, but many boxing fans stood up for the heavyweight. 
Naz Rashid said: 'To all the people hating. 

'Muhammad Ali was a Muslim and the greatest of all time, do you guys hate him as well?'


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