Protests sparked by the killings of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd have continued to expand outside of the United States into the United Kingdom. Over the weekend, heavyweight champion boxer Anthony Joshua delivered remarks at a demonstration in Wattford, England.
“We stand united against the virus that has been instrumental in taking lives, lives of the young, old, rich and even poor,” he told the crowd.
— Anthony Joshua (@anthonyfjoshua) June 7, 2020
“A virus that is not apologetic. A virus that spreads across all sectors of our community, sports, education, churches, entertainment, media and even the government. Not just in the UK, but across the world. The virus has been declared a pandemic, it is out of control. And I’m not actually talking about COVID-19. The virus is called racism,” he continued.
“You are the vaccine. I am the vaccine,” he concluded.
Six months ago, this may not have been where many expected Joshua to be. He was originally scheduled to defend his title against Kubrat Pulev this month in London. However, COVID-19 has halted many bouts across the boxing world. Furthermore, he suffered a knee injury while training and is sidelined for four to six months. An alternative defense date has not been set yet.