By Temitope Ojo
Anthony Joshua’s £150,000 bespoke Range Rover has been stolen and the boxing heavyweight has vowed to hunt down thieves who nicked it….
The personalised luxury motor – embossed with AJ’s signature – was pinched just days before his world title fight against Alexander Povetkin.
Joshua defends his WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight crowns against the Russian challenger, 39, at Wembley next Saturday.
Reports in The Sun.co.uk states that AJ was training at the English Institute of Sport (EIS) in Sheffield, South Yorks., when it was nabbed from a relative’s home in London on Thursday.
A source said: “AJ’s pretty annoyed about it because it’s so close to the fight. He doesn’t want any distractions at all.
“Thankfully no one was hurt when it was stolen. There were no aggravating features in it which is a massive blessing. But this is probably one of the last things he wanted before the fight. He’s concentrating on the fight at the moment and won’t let it distract him but once it’s over he will do whatever it takes to find it.
Another source said: “Unluckily for the people who took it, there’s a tracker in it so it probably will come back at some point. It’s probably going to haunt them. I think he’s just worried what state it will be in when it’s found.
Cops reckon thieves targeted the Range Rover using a keyless device that mimics a car’s key fob to break in. The £100 device can pick up the signal of the genuine fob and fool the car into thinking it’s being opened legitimately. Once inside, the thieves can override the keyless start with a simple computer.
The number of similar thefts is on the rise, particularly in London.
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