The family of World Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua wants you to know that they went spiritual to ensure their son won against Joseph Parker.

Their son Joshua, whose parents are from Sagamu, defeated New Zealand’s Joseph Parker in their unification fight at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, on Saturday, saying the special prayers they organised for the boxer’s victory worked.

Joshua defeated Parker by unanimous decision after 12 rounds to add Parker’s WBO heavyweight title to his collection. The undefeated 28-year-old now has three major titles and one minor. He holds the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles.

For Saturday’s fight, Parker attracted the attention of fans in Samoa, where his parents were born and he has a chieftaincy title while Joshua had the backing of fans in Nigeria.

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Joshua’s uncle Adedamola said on Sunday that the boxer’s success in Saturday’s fight was as a result of their prayers for him.

“We are very happy that our prayers were answered. We know that with this win now, it is going to get tougher because Anthony is on the road to do what no one has done in the category he boxes in (the heavyweight division),” he said.

“The family is grateful to the whole Sagamu people, who came out to watch the fight and supported him on Saturday. We knew that the supporters of his opponents would also be praying for him to win. But we are excited that God answered our own prayers and Anthony won the fight.”

Adedamola described the fight as the toughest his nephew had fought in recent times, saying they never feared he could lose the bout despite its intensity.

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