Anthony Joshua on crutches as he marches in Black Lives Matter protest

Anthony Joshua joined a Black Lives Matter protest in his hometown of Watford on Saturday afternoon, despite wearing a brace on his left leg and using crutches.

The WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion, wearing a black hoodie bearing the name of the movement, joined hundreds of peaceful protestors following the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man in handcuffs, by a white police officer in Minnesota on 25 May.

Joshua also addressed the crowd of marchers and streamed a number of powerful speeches on his Instagram.

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A spokesman for the Briton said that the knee brace was “precautionary” and of “no immediate concern” after a slight twinge in training.

The Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor, said: “I was horrified to see the shocking murder of George Floyd and I know that this, and events like it, have caused pain to so many people.


Black Lives Matter protesters gather across the UK on 6 June





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“It’s important we always stand up and challenge every form of discrimination, racism and injustice. I’m proud to be mayor of a diverse town, where people from many different backgrounds care for one another and share in each other’s successes and struggles. This is a source of strength for our town.”

Joshua, who reclaimed his heavyweight titles by defeating Andy Ruiz last December, is expected to face Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev before the end of the year – with an all-British undisputed heavyweight bout against Tyson Fury mooted for 2021.

“It’s not a difficult fight to make. Whatever is on the table is 50-50,’ Fury’s promoter Frank Warren told Sky Sports. “Fury is the No 1 heavyweight but we don’t say 60-40. 50-50 down the middle.

“I’m very excited at the thought of this fight. But both fighters have contracts at the moment – AJ against Pulev and Fury against [Deontay] Wilder.”

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