Anthony Joshua reveals plans to tackle racism in his local community after joining the Black Lives Matter protests

BOXING hero Anthony Joshua says the gloves are off in his battle against racism.

The world heavyweight champ, 30, thinks the wave of Black Lives Matters protests are only the first step — and he now wants to make real strides at local level.

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Anthony Joshua has revealed his plans to knock out racism in his local community

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Anthony Joshua has revealed his plans to knock out racism in his local communityCredit: Reuters

He joined Saturday’s protest in his home town of Watford — and plans to create a new community centre near where he lives with son JJ, four.

He told The Sun: “If you want to be the change, the change has to come from within.

“I appreciate the people who protest but once the awareness is raised, we need to ­create economic change.

“We need to look at education — readers become leaders.”

Joshua wants to buy a building to create a hub for learning which will allow kids from different backgrounds to get to know each other.

If you want to be the change, the change has to come from within.

Anthony Joshua

He added: “I am focused on the local community.

The boxing champ plans to create a new community centre in his home town of Watford,  where he still lives with his four-year-old son JJ

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The boxing champ plans to create a new community centre in his home town of Watford, where he still lives with his four-year-old son JJ
AJ shrugged off a knee injury to join the Black Lives Matter demonstration in Watford over the weekend

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AJ shrugged off a knee injury to join the Black Lives Matter demonstration in Watford over the weekendCredit: Reuters
He gave an impassioned speech and spoke at length about the need to defeat the 'virus' of racism

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He gave an impassioned speech and spoke at length about the need to defeat the ‘virus’ of racism

“We want to create a centre to help people get educated, for them to gather together and bring some unity.

“I want to give kids a place to go and learn, so if they get into a confrontation with someone who is not from the same country or culture as them, they are not ignorant and they won’t judge them for what they look like.”

Joshua has already had talks with the local council along with community groups.

A source said: “AJ has been doing lots of things in the local community but the recent Black Lives Matter demonstrations have brought that all to the forefront.”

Watford’s Tory MP Dean Russell also gave his “whole-hearted support” to the plan.

He added: “Hopefully it can be a beacon for other centres across the UK.”

Joshua’s plans were revealed after an impassioned speech at Saturday’s anti-racism rally.

Using pal Reece Campbell’s words, he said protesters were the vaccine to the virus of racism.

Speaking about his plans, Joshua said 'we want to create a centre to help people get educated, for them to gather together and bring some unity'

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Speaking about his plans, Joshua said ‘we want to create a centre to help people get educated, for them to gather together and bring some unity’Credit: Reuters
He has already had talks with the local council along with community groups

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He has already had talks with the local council along with community groupsCredit: Reuters
Anthony Joshua says ‘we can no longer remain silent’ as he spreads positive messages about police violence, gang culture and youth engagement at peaceful Black Lives Matters protest in Watford

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