Unified heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua, said on Thursday he has lost “close friends” to the Coronavirus Disease pandemic.
Joshua, who holds the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO titles, said this in a video on his YouTube channel, urging people to stay safe.
He said: “Wherever you are in the world, I’m just checking in personally for everyone to just say that I hope you’re all well, you’re all keeping safe.
“This is a message to say you’ve got my support, we’re all doing the right thing.
“To the people who are suffering from coronavirus, I wish you a speedy recovery because it is no joke.
“To the ones who have suffered, and lost loved ones, I want to say keep your head up.
“You’ve got my love.
“Blessings to you and your family and condolences.
“I’ve lost no one immediate to me, but I’ve lost close ones from my boxing gym, close friends, friends of friends, and it gets serious when it starts coming closer to home.”
Joshua is in self-isolation having come into contact with with Prince Charles, who had tested positive for coronavirus.
Joshua was at a Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey with Prince Charles on March 9.
Also in attendance were Queen Elizabeth, Prime Minister Boris Johnson and several stars from across the worlds of sports and entertainment.