Anthony Joshua: ‘Being a boxer you have to be a man of the people’

Anthony Joshua has never lost a professional fight and he’s won every bout with a knock-out. But in two weeks he faces the fearsome Wladimir Klitschko, aka Dr Steelhammer. Should he be nervous? Alex Clark meets the bricklayer turned boxer Anthony Joshua, the Hertfordshire bricklayer who has become British boxing’s greatest star, is a busy boy. After months of trying to find a gap in his schedule, we finally isolate a weekend in Watford. Within 24 hours, that’s shifted to a Friday in Sheffield, and a modern, unremarkable cul-de-sac on…

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24 hours in Bangkok

Somali Roy Bangkok is a rapidly progressing Asian city that’s utterly comfortable in its own skin; it teems with a confidence in its culture while also presenting a healthy openness toward others. And indeed it has much to show off, as Bangkok has come a long way since its days as a city of canals and elephant paths. The economic boom of the ‘80s and ongoing globalisation have revitalised the cityscape by adding high-rises, expressways and shopping centres while also influencing art, fashion and entertainment. And yet you’ll still find…

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Macgregor canal begs for attention

Driving downward the 11.8km-long Third Mainland Bridge, reputed to be the longest in West Africa, the first port of call on the island is Obalende. Obalende opens up into Ikoyi, Falomo, Bourdillon, Victoria Island and Lekki, places believed to be highbrow areas in the Lagos megacity. Under the bridge is the MacGregor canal dug by Sir William MacGregor, the governor of Lagos colony (1899 – 1904). The medical doctor, in his effort to combat the prevalent malaria in the region, constructed the canal to drain the swamps. This canal used…

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