Anthony Joshua nets £15m from fight... but first must pay his £120 laundry bill

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Bills to pay: Anthony Joshua owes £120 at his local laundrette: Getty Images

The owner of a laundrette in north London where heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua is still a regular has said the boxer has a “heart of gold”.

Muqeem Bakhtari, known locally as Max, said "joker" Joshua has an open tab of about £120 at the laundrette in Golders Green, near the ex-council flat where the fighter still lives with his mum.

The 27-year-old's victory over two-time world champion Wladimir Klitschko in front of 90,000 people at Wembley on Saturday has earned him a reported £15 million but he has not forgotten his unpaid bill.

Speaking at the post-fight press-conference Joshua said: "I've got to pay my debt there, number one.

“I've got a bill like that big (gesturing with his thumb and forefinger on his left hand). Hopefully he'll swerve it.”

Mr Bakhtari said Joshua had been a regular 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.

"For somebody to knock him out will be difficult because he's got a heart of gold. His stardom comes because of his humbleness.

"He is so humble I actually go out of my way to serve him and help him out."

According to Mr Bakhtari, who said they also measure up Joshua for his clothes and wash his training gear, Joshua used to grill him on how to be successful in business.

"I remember when he was young, him going 'what do I have to do to make money'. He used to come to me to ask me about business.

"The thing is then he was a bit quieter, now he's a bit louder. Everything that comes out of his mouth is words of respect."

Mr Bakhtari revealed Joshua is looking to buy a new home after his latest fight, saying: "He was looking into buying a property. Wherever he goes, he will hopefully still use us."