Anthony Joshua said “Racism is a pandemic” during the Black Lives Matter campaign. The 30-year-old man, who wore a knee brace, read poetry and spoke to hundreds of people in his hometown, Watford.

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“The virus was declared a pandemic,” Joshua said. “That’s out of control. And I’m not talking about Covid-19. The virus I’m talking about is called racism.”

IBF, WBA, and WBO world champions added: “We work together to fight viruses that play an important role in taking the lives of young people, old, rich and poor. Viruses that are not apologetic and are widespread in all sectors.”

During the climb, Joshua went to use crutches and also used a scooter after feeling a “twist” on his left knee during training this week.

“He is still being examined by his doctor, but there is no immediate problem,” his spokesperson said. “The knee brace is a precautionary measure on the advice of physiologists.”

The protest was one of several across the country on Saturday after the death of George Floyd of America. Floyd, 46, died when he was arrested in Minneapolis on May 25. Since then, four officers involved have been charged with death and then sparked protests for days at demonstrations in the United States and at Black Lives Matter around the world.

Joshua hopes to fight twice in 2020 but accepts that there won’t be more than one fight this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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