British boxer Anthony Joshua has felt the Nigerian koboko .

Joshua praised corporal punishment, and said that it had helped shape his boxing career.

He revealed that he had been regularly beaten at home in Nigeria, praising the corporal punishment style prevalent in the country.

“We got beaten. That's my culture: beating. The government raises your kids now; parents aren't allowed to raise their kids, because there is so much control about what you do or what you say. In the (Nigerian) culture it's family, outside support; everyone has a role in raising the kids,” he said.

“I thought I was in heaven (when I returned to England).

"(But) when you are in sport you become a representation of people. I've got it (an outline of Nigeria) tattooed on my arm, so people can relate to me.”

The reigning IBF heavyweight champion also says that  his six-month stay in boarding school in Nigeria helped him immensely in his boxing career.

Joshua was born to an Irish-Nigerian father, Robert and a Nigerian mother.

He spent  six months in Nigeria with his mum,  when he was 11,  and  was registered in a boarding school where he said he learnt discipline which has made him become one of the biggest boxers in the world.

He will be facing Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley on Saturday, April 29 in a WBA championship bout.