Fitness | Training | Jun 21 2016

Anthony Joshua: ‘You need to get beaten up in the gym’

Anthony Joshua is sparring with his former GB team-mates to prepare for Dominic Breazeale
Anthony Joshua
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ANTHONY JOSHUA has been working with some familiar faces to prepare for Dominic Breazeale on Saturday (June 25). He’s been in Sheffield sparring Joe Joyce and Frazer Clarke, GB’s super-heavyweights and two rising stars in the amateur sport. Clarke has been racking up victories in the demanding World Series of Boxing while Joyce has qualified for the next Olympic Games, where he hopes to keep the 91&kgs gold medal, which Joshua won in 2012, in the UK.

Joshua, Joyce, Clarke are former rivals and former team-mates. They’ve all actually boxed each other in the (increasingly distant) past as amateurs and were on the international squad together. It seems fitting that they reunite for tough sparring sessions.

“That was hard because sparring pros for the Charles Martin fight for 12 weeks, 10 weeks to going back to sparring with amateurs for the first couple of weeks it was difficult because they’re so quick over five rounds, they’re doing WSB now so they’re basically professionals anyway. For five rounds, and I’m sparring three people or two people, it was really hard for me to adapt. That’s why I don’t take it for granted going up there because they are basically like the top end professionals,” Joshua said.