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Anthony Joshua ready to make big life decision following Wladimir Klitschko win

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There are many perks to winning a multi-million clash in front of 90,000 hungry fans at Wembley Stadium, and Anthony Joshua is presently reaping the rewards, including a cash prize of at least £15 million pounds.

It is an inspiring feat that few would have expected when the local everyday Brit, loaded with a 5,000 calorie meal plan, took on one of the titans of heavyweight boxing, a man that stood at the helm for 11 years, and defeated him with a stunning uppercut that shook the canvas and brought the crowd to its feet.

The 27-year-old is apparently still coming to terms with his current position as the best in the world, with a £120 outstanding bill at his local launderette.

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Known around the block as “Max,” Clock Tower Laundry Service owner Muqeem Bakhtari claimed that Joshua might finally be on his way out of his North London surroundings, saying: “He was looking into buying a property. Wherever he goes, he will hopefully still use us.

"He is a joker - no his bill is nothing. He always jokes about it.

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"It sometimes ranges from a fiver to a £100. He has no time so he sends in his family members. It's minimal.

"The tab is always open to him and his family members - they are lovely people."

It seems as though neither fame nor fortune has fazed the boxing powerhouse, with Bakhtari adding: "We have known him since before he was Olympic champion, about seven or eight years, and he is the nicest guy around town. Nothing has changed.

"For somebody to knock him out will be difficult because he's got a heart of gold.

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"His stardom comes because of his humbleness.

"He is so humble I actually go out of my way to serve him and help him out."

He may be humble, but it was Klitschko who was humbled in Saturday’s defeat in the 11th round of the fight, although it was not always that way for Joshua, who turned to Bakhtari, who also takes Joshua’s measurements and washes his training gear, for advice when it came to making money.

"I remember when he was young, him going 'what do I have to do to make money'. He used to come to me to ask me about business.

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"The thing is then he was a bit quieter, now he's a bit louder. Everything that comes out of his mouth is words of respect."

Anthony Joshua is well on his way to cementing his place as a true great, with 19 knockouts in 19, and it remains to be seen whether or not the 27-year-old 6ft 6" friendly giant can stay at the top of his game for years to come.

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