Anthony Joshua may have bagged £15m from his stunning knock out win over Wladimir Klitschko on Saturday – but his first payment after the win was a humble laundry bill.
Heavyweight champions of the world Joshua still takes his clothes to a laundry parlour in Golders Green, north London, near the flat he shares with his mum.
And the 27-year-old has a £120 bill to pay off with a chunk of his huge purse and he hasn’t forgotten.
“First off, I’ve got to pay my bill,” Joshua joked.
“It’s very big.”
Muqeem Bakhtari, known locally as Max, said “joker” Joshua was a still regular at his Clock Tower Laundry Service launderette.
Bakhtari said Joshua had been a coming to his business since before winning his Olympic gold medal at London 2012 and his family often stopped by to pick up his laundry.
He said: “He is a joker – no his bill is nothing. He always jokes about it.
It sometimes ranges from a fiver to a £100. He has no time so he sends in his family members. It’s minimal.
“The tab is always open to him and his family members – they are lovely people.”
Asked if the bill was a reported £120, he said: “Possibly, yes.”
Mr Bakhtari added fame and fortune had not appeared to have changed the gentle 6ft 6ins giant.
“We have known him since before he was Olympic champion, about seven or eight years, and he is the nicest guy around town. Nothing has changed.”
Joshua downed Ukrainian boxing legend Klitschko in the 11th round of an epic battle at Wembley Stadium at the weekend.
Both fighters were already guaranteed at least £10m from the 50/50 purse split and that figure could push towards £15m on the back of record pay-per-view sales.