Anthony Joshua may have bagged £15m from his stunning knock out win over Wladimir Klitschko on Saturday – but his first payment after the win was a humble laundry bill.
Heavyweight champions of the world Joshua still takes his clothes to a laundry parlour in Golders Green, north London, near the flat he shares with his mum.
And the 27-year-old has a £120 bill to pay off with a chunk of his huge purse and he hasn’t forgotten.
“First off, I’ve got to pay my bill,” Joshua joked.
“It’s very big.”
Muqeem Bakhtari, known locally as Max, said “joker” Joshua was a still regular at his Clock Tower Laundry Service launderette.
Bakhtari said Joshua had been a coming to his business since before winning his Olympic gold medal at London 2012 and his family often stopped by to pick up his laundry.
He said: “He is a joker – no his bill is nothing. He always jokes about it.
Meanwhile, Joshua said his son ‘loves my shiner’ as he was re-united with 18-month-old JJ after months of gruelling training and an even tougher fight.
The boxer’s mother Yeta Odusanya was today seen returning JJ to the ex-council house in north London where Joshua still lives with her.
After the bout against Klitschko that that won him both a £15million purse and a fearsome black eye, the humble father spent the day with his mother and JJ.
He has now vowed to become the richest boxer ever, overshadowing Floyd Mayweather’s £540million fortune, after becoming a household name overnight.
Joshua said he hoped to become a millionaire when he first started boxing, but he now hopes to become boxing’s first billionaire.
His promoter, Eddie Hearne, said that Joshua will become bigger than David Beckham, with huge public appeal that goes beyond boxing.
‘His commercial potential outside the ring is huge, way beyond Beckham and the world’s top footballers. He has a much bigger cross-over in terms of potential,’ he said.
The father-of-one still lives with Yeta and their dog Roxy in a former council flat in north London, which he bought her for £174,000 after turning professional in 2013.
Discussing speaking to his mother prior to the fight, Joshua said: ‘We spoke on Facetime and she said she was proud of me.’
Then for the benefit of the assembled media he played a tape of her shouting ‘Wow’ and putting on his son JJ to gurgle down the phone.
For the past decade, Joshua has been in an on/off relationship with he mother of his child, former school friend Nicole Osbourne, who he bought a £500,000 flat not far from his home.
Though the 6ft 6in and 17 stone star is currently single, there is however one woman that will come before any others – his mother.