Opinion | May 29 2019

Mission accomplished for Anthony Joshua at New York public workout

Anthony Joshua shows exactly how it should be done inside a New York shopping mall

AMERICA today got its first glimpse of Anthony Joshua in boxing gloves ahead of the WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion’s US professional debut against Andy Ruiz Jnr on Saturday night.

What the sizeable crowd will have taken from the open workout – staged in the middle of a New York shopping mall – won’t be anything they didn’t already suspect. Anthony Joshua is a fine physical specimen, his punches sound like gunfire when they land, and he’s a personable chap who values his fans highly.

The fighters and trainers are rarely so stupid to give anything more away. Indeed, for anyone hoping to see something interesting, to be educated, these kind of affairs are always something of a disappointment. But of course, to expect anything more than what an open workout brings would be missing the point.