Disappointing news for the heavyweight champion of the world tonight as Anthony Joshua finishes nowhere in his countries’ annual sports awards.
The BBC Sports Personality of the Year award is as prestigious as any awards for sports stars in the UK and Joshua after a big year with wins over Klitschko and Takam, both in sell out stadium events, was in contention for this year’s awards.
Of the 10 nominations he was the only boxer represented but alas, he came nowhere at all.
Runner Mo Farah took first place, Jonathan Rea took second and Jonnie Peacock took third.
Joshua posted this update on social media not long ago before the awards winners were called:
Surrounded by so many unbelievable sports men and women, inspiring place to be tonight! ?? #SPOTY pic.twitter.com/G57GPJ2BSz
— Anthony Joshua (@anthonyjoshua) December 17, 2017
He won’t be too disappointed mind you, surely. Another big year awaits in 2018 no doubt full of stadium events and big pay days.
Mainly though, unification fights against the other champions. At least that’s what Joshua says he wants in 2018.
If he were to unify some of the belts next year and have a showdown with one Tyson Fury and win, perhaps he will be in the running for this prestigious award again next year.