Following his powerful speech at a Black Lives Matter protest in his hometown of Watford over the weekend, Anthony Joshua has now hit back at critics of his speech.
During his speech, the IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO world heavyweight champion, said “show them where it hurts.”
“Abstain from spending your money in their shops and economies, and invest in black-owned businesses.”
After a video of his speech was uploaded to the net, Joshua received backlash after some social media users misconstrued his words.
Now, Joshua has taken to social media to release a statement which reads: “If you think I’m a racist, go f**k yourself!
“If you watch the whole video, the speech was passed around for someone to read and I took the lead.
“I personally spoke from the heart about the Watford community, ideas of us personally investing seven figures to create unity and opportunities and adding change to the African/Caribbean community.
“Shops aren’t the issue here.
“Before you talk s**t you better boycott racism.
“I said what I said and I will act to make change.”
Anthony Joshua was one of thousands of protestors who showed support for the Black Lives Matter movement in various cities across the UK over the weekend.