Who is Madonna’s rumored boyfriend? Meet boxing coach Josh Popper

Madonna’s got a real knockout on her hands.

On March, 1, 2023, news broke that the “Material Girl” singer, 64, was reportedly dating hunky boxing coach Josh Popper, 29.

However, despite both of them posting photos snuggled up to one another on Instagram, sources tell Page Six the rumored romance is just for show.

Madonna and boxing coach, Josh Popper with other people.
Madonna and Josh Popper are reportedly dating.

Friends close to the twosome told us that the photos were simply a ploy to help Popper gain publicity for his boxing gym and that Madge “isn’t looking for love at the moment.”

Still, the source noted, “That’s not to rule out any romance in the future — but for now things are strictly platonic.”

Madonna and boxing coach, Josh Popper.
The pair recently posted photos snuggled up to one another on Instagram.

News of the fling comes just one month after Madonna and model Andrew Darnell called off their “very casual” relationship.

While sources told us at the time that the songstress was “having a bit of a crisis of confidence,” it looks like she may be getting her spark back.

Scroll to learn more about Madonna’s rumored new flame.

Josh Popper flexing shirtless.
Popper owns a boxing gym in New York City.

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He’s a boxing instructor in NYC

Popper reportedly met the Grammy-award winner through her son David, whom he has been training at his gym, Bredwinners, in New York City.

Not only is Popper a boxing instructor, but he’s also an up-and-coming fighter himself. In fact, the 6’4,” 240lb heavyweight is slated to fight in the Ring Masters Tournament semi-finals on March 3, 2023.

According to Popper’s biography on the Bredwinner’s website, he is a “lifelong athlete and a full-time coach.”

“For Josh, boxing isn’t just about teaching you to move in the ring but teaching you how to move throughout life.”

Josh Popper on "Summer House" shaking hands with two girls.
He was briefly in an episode of “Summer House” as Samantha Feher’s love interest.

He appeared in an episode of “Summer House”

Popper made a cameo on the Feb. 27, 2023, episode of “Summer House,” marking it his reality TV debut.

Samantha Feher invited the boxer, who was also training her at the time, to hang out with the cast while they partied in the Hamptons. Yet, after testing the waters, Feher wrote off the possibility of a romantic connection with Popper, who didn’t seem very interested in the reality TV star.

Josh Popper tying his shoes.
The athlete tried out for two different NFL teams before pursuing a career in boxing.

He was an NFL prospect

Before Popper took up boxing, he was was a talented defensive end for Rowan University with sights on making it to the NFL.

After graduating in 2015, he briefly joined the Arizona Cardinals for training camp but was ultimately cut from the roster before the season began.

Soon after, he was picked up by the Indianapolis Colts but was also released from the team.

In between his boxing endeavors and the end of his football career, Popper paid the bills by selling insurance for New York Life.

Josh Popper in Times Square.
Popper spent most of his life in New Jersey.

He is from New Jersey

Popper was born and raised in New Jersey. He grew up in Southern Jersey’s Egg Harbor Township before heading to college one hour away in Glassboro.

It’s unclear whether or not Popper, who leads a relatively low-key lifestyle, commutes every day from Jersey or lives in Manhattan near his gym in the Flatiron district.

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