BOXER Anthony Joshua is the latest knockout signing to read a CBeebies bedtime story.
The super-heavyweight champion will be following in the footsteps of rock gods and movie stars including Harry Styles, Tom Hardy and Chris Hemsworth.
Anthony, 33, took the unusual decision to be filmed in his local gym and will deliver a heart-warming festive tale airing just a few days before Christmas.
A TV insider said: “AJ has had loads of TV presenting offers from in the UK and across in the US which he is flattered by but he intends to box for a while longer.
“He had a very special reason why he agreed to make an exception and read the bedtime story – so his seven-year-old son JJ could see his dad on CBeebies.
“Anthony knows his boy is at the perfect age to appreciate it so it’s an opportunity he wants to take while he can.”
He will read The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats which is about a little boy named Peter who puts on his snowsuit and steps out of his house into a world blanketed in snow.
When the story was first released in 1962, the central character was among the first African-American characters to be featured in a major children’s book – and paved the way for more inclusive and diverse children’s literature.
As well as famous faces from the world of entertainment, Anthony is the latest in a long line of sports stars to read one of the bedtime stories.
He will join other household names such as actress Kate Winslet, Richard E Grant, Paralympic cyclist Lora Fachie and Just Fletcher.
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Previous stars include England captain Harry Kane, gold medalist athlete Jessica Ennis-Hill and, only this month, former Rugby League player Rob Burrow used a computer to read a tale after he lost his voice due to having motor neurone disease.
Anthony’s bedtime story will air on December 22 on at 6.50pm on CBeebies and BBC iPlayer.
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