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Anthony Joshua joins Black Lives Matter protest: Racism ‘pandemic’ is ‘out of control’

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first_imgView this post on Instagram MORE: MMA fighter Devin Clark takes a knee before bout at UFC 250Protests have swept the United States and beyond in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis. The protest Joshua attended on Saturday was among several held in the United Kingdom.Floyd died in police custody on May 25 after former officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes.”The virus has been declared a pandemic,” Joshua said. “This is out of control. And I’m not talking about COVID-19. The virus I’m talking about is called racism. We stand united against a virus which has been instrumental in taking lives, taking lives of the young, old, rich, poor; a virus which is unapologetic and spreads across all sectors.”Joshua added: “We can no longer sit back and remain silent on these senseless, unlawful killings and sly racism on another human being – based on what? Only their skin color.”We need to speak out in peaceful demonstrations — just like today, so, well done, Watford.”We must not use a demonstration for selfish motives and turn it into rioting and looting.” In a widely reported statement, the Briton’s camp insisted the brace was “a precautionary measure” that was not of significant concern after he had felt a “twinge” in training.Joshua has accepted he will only fight once in 2020 due to the impact of the coronavirus crisis on the boxing calendar. His next opponent is set to be Bulgarian challenger Kubrat Pulev.Joshua and Pulev were due to fight at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this month, but the contest was postponed, with a new date and venue still to be determined. Welcome to Watford! We are uniting our community, sparking discussions about economic change and education! Supported by the local council and police, but inspired by the black lives matter movementA post shared by Anthony Joshua (@anthonyjoshua) on Jun 6, 2020 at 12:07pm PDTJoshua was seen wearing a knee brace and walking with crutches as well as using a scooter during part of the protest march. World heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua appeared at a Black Lives Matter protest in England, declaring the “virus” of racism is “out of control.”Joshua, the IBF, WBA and WBO champion, addressed a crowd of hundreds in his hometown of Watford with an impassioned speech. He also read a poem.last_img read more