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Meet the next Anthony Joshua as he chases gold at the Paris Olympics

Delicious Orie hopes to follow in the footsteps of his idol Anthony Joshua by winning Olympic gold.

Orie was born in Moscow to a Nigerian father and a Russian mother and moved to England at the age of seven to escape racial prejudice.

Orie will represent Great Britain in the super heavyweight division at the upcoming Paris OlympicsCredit: GETTY

A bright student, Orie achieved A*s and As in his A-levels and went on to gain a first-class degree in economics and management from Aston University.

Orie could have become an accountant, but instead he caught the boxing bug.

In 2016, the same year he started studying for his bachelor’s degree, Orie watched Joshua wrest the IBF world title from Charles Martin in two rounds at the O2 Arena in London.

It was a light bulb moment for Orie, who walked into a boxing gym days later and never looked back.

And eight years later he is one of Team GB’s brightest young boxers, having won gold at the English National Championships, Commonwealth Games and European Games.

Now he has his sights set on adding Olympic gold to his glittering amateur CV when he heads to Paris with the rest of the GB squad in July.

“The Olympics are the pinnacle of amateur boxing,” the 26-year-old super heavyweight competitor told talkSPORT.com.

“I’ve been to the Worlds, the Europeans and the Commonwealths. They are all very prestigious events, but there is just something different about the Olympic Games.

Orie won gold at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in BirminghamCredit: GETTY
The young Briton hopes to win Olympic gold in 2012, just like his idol JoshuaCredit: GETTY

“It really is the best of the best coming together to show the world what we stand for and I’ll only feel that in less than three months.

“God knows what it will be like when I get there. I’m excited, I can’t wait to be part of it and I hope to continue the great things GB Boxing has achieved. It would mean everything to win a gold.”

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Success at the Olympics often acts as a springboard to superstardom in the paid ranks.

Olympic medalists Joshua, Amir Khan and Lauren Price have all gone on to win world titles as professionals after receiving offers from the sport’s biggest promoters.

Orie is fully aware of the benefits a podium finish will have on his career once he turns around. But he insists this isn’t his only motivation.

“For me there are two things: taking your professional career to the next level, that’s great,” Orie added.

“But there is something more special than that, and that is representing your country at the Olympic Games.

“For me that is an amazing achievement, it only happens once every four years.

“There is something very pure about Olympic boxing. It is not the same as the professionals.

It looks like Orie will turn pro after the OlympicsCredit: GETTY

‘With the pros you can say that it is more for selfish reasons, and rightly so.

“It’s a capitalist world, we all want to make money. But for me, the amateurs are all about representing Britain and showing what a fantastic nation it is.”

The parallels between Joshua and Orie are clear to see; both started boxing at the age of 18, both are of Nigerian descent, and if all goes to plan in the French capital, both will have turned professional straight after the Olympics.

“I feel like after the Olympics I will go through a different chapter in my life, considering my age and everything else,” Orie continued.

“I feel like I’m moving on to the next chapter in my life, which is the professional ranks.

“I don’t know if it will be immediate or something like that because to be honest, I don’t watch anything other than the final of the Olympic Games.

“My agenda is completely empty. There is nothing else and that has been the case for the past few years.

“I’m going to put everything into these Games and then it’s about: ‘Okay, what are we going to do and what is the plan?’