GC Posted On: Nov 01, 2017

The worshippers started the sacrifices on Thursday, October 26 two days before the fight on Saturday.

As Anthony Joshua makes his last-minute preparations for his world titles’ defence against Carlos Takam last week, traditional worshippers in his’ home-town of Sagamu kicked off a special sacrifices for him to win.

Joshua on Saturday, October 28 take on Cameroonian-born Takam and he defended his WBA, IBF and IBO heavyweight titles.

Millions of miles away from the Principality Stadium in Cardiff where the fight was held, some traditional worshippers in Sagamu did all they could to help Joshua beat Takam.


Shagamu, a city located in Ogun State, in south-western Nigeria is the ancestral village of the Nigerian-born British boxer.

Although born in Watford, the boxer’s parents Robert and Yeta are both from Sagamu.

GIDID365 Sports have learnt that traditional worshippers in Sagamu who practise the Ifá religion kicked off a special sacrifice for their son ahead of his fight held last week Saturday.

According to a Naijaloaded Sports source in Sagamu, the worshippers started the sacrifice on Thursday, October 26 two days before the fight on Saturday.

“The worshippers have started a fire which will burn until after the fight,” the source told GIDI365 Sports.

The indigenes of Sagamu regard Joshua as one of their own. For his last fight, his knockout win against Wladimir Klitschko in April 2017, hundreds of people attended a view party which was organised by the Sagamu Youth Association.

See What Shagamu Indigenes said below:-

Quick reaction from Sagamu after @anthonyfjoshua victory #JoshuaKlitschko pic.twitter.com/GQcfAv9pI9

— Kwesé ESPN (@kwesesports) April 29, 2017
His win over Takam was hugely celebrated in the town.

Joshua is very much in touch with his Nigerian roots and still bears the middle name, ‘Oluwafemi’.


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