GB’s Rising Boxing Star Aims for Olympic Gold, Inspired by Anthony Joshua’s Path

GB’s Rising Boxing Star Aims for Olympic Gold, Inspired by Anthony Joshua’s Path

Delicious Orie, a towering 6ft 6in British super heavyweight boxer of Nigerian heritage, is determined to follow in the footsteps of Anthony Joshua as he aims for Olympic gold at Paris 2024.

In an exclusive interview at the GB Boxing gym in Sheffield, Orie shared his journey, inspirations, and aspirations.

AJ’s Path: Delicious Orie’s Boxing Journey Mirrors Anthony Joshua’s

With a two-letter nickname, DJ, and a remarkable rise in the world of boxing, Delicious Orie draws parallels with Anthony Joshua’s early career.

Orie, who began boxing at 18, just like Joshua, expresses his ambition to emulate the Olympic success and become the heavyweight champion of the world.

Inspiration Struck: Anthony Joshua’s Impact on Delicious Orie

While Orie initially idolized basketball star Luol Deng, it was Anthony Joshua’s triumph in winning his first professional world title that ignited the spark in the young boxer.

Orie acknowledges the significant influence of Joshua’s story, from starting boxing at 18 to achieving Olympic gold. He credits Joshua’s Nigerian background as an added source of inspiration.

Meeting the Hero: Sparring Sessions with Anthony Joshua

Orie had the opportunity to meet and spar with Anthony Joshua in Sheffield, describing the experience as rewarding and insightful.

Contrary to the adage “never meet your heroes,” Orie found Joshua to be humble, generous with advice, and an invaluable training partner.

Coach Mick Maguire believes Orie can surpass Joshua’s achievements.

From Russia to Wolverhampton: Delicious Orie’s Unique Background

Born in Moscow and raised in Russia until the age of seven, Orie’s family relocated to Wolverhampton, England, where he embraced a new life.

Growing up as a black child in Russia, Orie felt different but found a more diverse and welcoming environment in England. The move allowed him to immerse himself in a vibrant community and pursue his passion for boxing.

Concerns on Russian Athletes: Orie’s Perspective on Paris 2024

Expressing concerns about the war in Ukraine and the controversial participation of Russian athletes as neutrals in Paris 2024, Orie calls for careful consideration.

Despite acknowledging athletes’ love for the sport, he emphasizes the need for a resolution before the Olympics to avoid potential controversies.

Balancing Academics and Athletics: Delicious Orie’s Nerdy Side

With a first-class degree in economics and management from Aston University, Orie is not only a dedicated athlete but also a thoughtful and intelligent individual.

He contemplates a possible career as a lecturer if not for boxing, showcasing his passion for academia and finance books.

From Golden Delicious to Olympic Gold: Delicious Orie’s Achievements

Having graduated in 2020, received British citizenship in 2021, and won gold at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in 2022, Orie’s journey sets the stage for Paris 2024.

Embracing the moniker “Golden Delicious,” Orie targets Olympic gold, showcasing that with ambition, dedication, and determination, one can achieve anything from starting at ground zero.

National Lottery Support: A Crucial Element in Delicious Orie’s Journey

Supported by the National Lottery, Delicious Orie receives funding essential for his full-time training, access to elite coaches, and crucial medical support.

This backing becomes instrumental in his pursuit of gold at Paris 2024, emphasizing the positive impact of the National Lottery on athletes’ pathways to success.

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