Rolling with the punches: Revolut steps into the ring with Anthony Joshua

By Aisling Finn on Tuesday 6 April 2021

Digital Banking

Anthony Joshua and Revolut have released a limited edition card to raise money for boxing gyms across the UK.

Rolling with the punches: Revolut steps into the ring with Anthony Joshua
Image source: Anthony Joshua/Revolut

Anthony Joshua has thrown his hat into the fintech ring for the first time. 

The two-time Heavyweight Champion of the World has teamed up with digital banking service Revolut to raise much-needed funds for cash-strapped gyms across the UK.

Gyms and leisure centres were left out of the government’s Sport Winter Revival Package that was announced late last year and thanks to the ongoing restrictions have had to remain closed for several months now.

To help raise the funds, Revolut will donate £1 to struggling independent boxing gym across the UK, with a minimum commitment of £50,000, when Revolut customers order a limited edition glow in the dark debit card.

“I am delighted to partner with Revolut to support UK boxing gyms. Without my local gym I would not be where I am today,” Anthony Joshua said.

“Across the UK, there are kids and adults alike using these gyms to improve their physical and mental health and keep themselves off the streets. I am really pleased my Revolut card will make a real difference,” the two-time heavyweight champion of the world added.

The donation will be made to Boxing England and Scotland Boxing certified gyms, with each gym having its own unique referral code, recieving £1 every time that code is used. The gym with the most referrals will receive an additional £10,000.

Alan Chang, senior vice president at Revolut, added: “These facilities provide vital services to their communities and play a critical role in the mental and physical health of their members.”

“From day one, Revolut has always been community-driven, so we’re incredibly proud to partner with Anthony Joshua to help raise vital funds for independent gyms across the country.” 

The limited-edition card includes Joshua’s motto, 258, which reflects the boxer’s dedication to his sport and his commitment to work beyond 24/7 and changes from black and white in the daylight to black and green at night.

Revolut’s 15m customers worldwide will all be able to get their hands on the new card, all they have to do is download the latest version of the Revolut app and order their new card.

It’s not the first time the worlds of fintech and boxing collided.

Back in October 2020, former professional boxer Manny Pacquiao threw his weight behind his own payments platform.

The fintech, dubbed PacPay, will first launch first in the Philippines and will help close the gap between brands and influencers, allowing seamless payments between influencers and the brands they are advertising. 

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