Former Vice president Atiku Abubakar has congratulated British boxer, Anthony Joshua, on reclaiming WBO, IBF and WBA heavyweight titles.
Joshua, whose parents are of Nigerian origin, defeated Mexican-American Andy Ruiz Jr. on Saturday night in Saudi Arabia’s “Clash on the Dunes.”
The boxer, who made his entry into the ring with Fela Anikulapo-Kuti’s song, won a unanimous decision from the judges in Diriyah, near Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh.
In a tweet early Sunday, Atiku said: “Great to see @anthonyfjoshua reclaim the championship. A good fight.”
Senate President Ahmad Lawan also tweeted saying that Joshua exuded the resilience of champions.
“A hearty congratulations to Anthony Joshua for successfully regaining his heavyweight titles following a re-match with Andy Ruiz Jnr. this evening. Joshua displayed the resilience and the indomitable spirit of champions. He is indeed a champion,” he said.
Celebrity disk jockey, DJ Cuppy, who was in Saudi Arabia with her family to support Joshua, said: “Clean hearts ALWAYS win! ☝🏾☝🏾☝🏾CONGRATS FEMI! 🥇🥊🏆 Heavyweight boxing CHAMP @AnthonyFJoshua ❤️”
Former Senator Ben Murray-Bruce said Joshua made millions of Nigerians proud with his victory.
“Big congratulations to our very own great @anthonyfjoshua. Tonight is your night, and you’ve made the night of millions of Nigerians as well. Congrats, Champ! #RuizJoshua,” he said.
Chairman/CEO of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa, flooded her Twitter timeline with congratulatory messages, one of which read: “Big congrats @anthonyfjoshua.”