When MH met Anthony Joshua
British boxing fans have held Anthony Joshua in high esteem since he won Super Heavyweight gold at London 2012. Since then, he has done little to disappoint them, winning his first 10 pro fights (including a WBC belt in his ninth), all in short-shrift KO.
Joshua is on his feet, towering above everyone in the room by a clear head and shoulders. Adopting a fighting stance – legs slightly bent and planted, dukes up, right hand leading – he pivots slowly at the waist. "Moving side to side, power goes through my glutes, my core. I think, 'How can I transfer all the power and make sure everything is balanced?'" he says. Joshua throws a fast, four-punch combination, then sits down. He likes to accompany words with actions.
"I've been doing a lot of bodyweight core work. Hanging on a bar..." He moves to the edge of his seat, lifts up his huge legs – 17in calves and all – and points them out dead straight, toes up. His arms are straight out in front of him, as if he's hanging on an imaginary bar. He stares down at his stomach. "Because your core is so important. It control so much. So I hold my bodyweight in the air, with my legs in position."
The increasingly savvy Joshua is using his brain to improve his body, researching techniques used in other sports to help him fulfil his potential – something he believes he remains a long way from doing. "I'm not 'successful'," he says. "From where I was – and what my family are used to – I'm doing really well.
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