Nigerian-born British world heavyweight boxing champion, Anthony OlaseniOluwafemi Joshua at the weekend lost a swimming contest with Olympic legend Michael Phelps in the swimming pool.
The 28-year-old boxing star met with Phelps as he continues his holiday in the United States, but he ended getting beaten in a sport contest for the first time in his professional career.
Joshua, whose meteoric rise has seen him grab three of four world titles in just five years, finally met a man he could not beat, as Phelps is the fastest swimmer to ever live and the most decorated Olympian of all-time.
The 32-year-old American, who retired after the Rio Olympics in 2016, picked up an astonishing 23 Olympic gold medals, as well as three silvers and two bronze.
The next most medals won by a single athlete is just nine – by Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina in the 1950s and 60s.
Phelps, who is also an Under Armour star like Joshua, wrote on Instagram: “Great start to the day! Got to hop in the water for a swim with my man Anthony Joshua. Had great chats and taught him a few things about the pool!
He added: “Next time you get to chose who you want to race… or if we should have a rematch!”
Joshua simply paraphrased a famous Muhammad Ali quote, writing on his Instagram page, “Float like a butterfly. swim like a fish.”
Joshua is currently on holiday in the United States and appeared on Conan O’Brien’s hit chat show earlier this week and was also courtside at an NBA game between Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets.
Joshua was also seen hanging out with Stephen Curry – another Under Armour athlete – laughing and joking with him in the warm up.
All this come at a point AJ and promoter Eddie Hearn continue to chase a unification fight with American WBC champ Deontay Wilder.
Wilder revealed two potential dates for his unification showdown with Joshua, and The Bronze Bomber claims he is willing to fight the WBA, IBF, IBO and WBO champion in his home country or in America.
Wilder, 32, said the fight will be in September if it’s in the UK and in November if it happens in America.
Speaking to Fight Hub TV, the American said: “We’re still in negotiations so I don’t have a time frame on it just yet but I want everyone to know the fight will happen.
“If we have it in England it’ll be September – if it’s here in American it’ll be November.”
But AJ has insisted it will take place in the UK, claiming he wants to avoid the “tricks” of American judges and referees.
He insisted that he is willing to lose £15m to secure the fight on home soil but te American, who holds the WBC title, questioned the character of AJ and his team after he claimed that he would take the fight if he was guaranteed $50m.