Anthony Joshua trains with fellow Olympic Gold Medallist
By Sly Fox: The super heavyweight prospect, Anthony Joshua (13-0-0), has recently been the talk of many heavyweight boxing fans. With his reputation growing and his name traveling across the seas from the United Kingdom for his knock-out power, current WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO heavyweight champion, Wladimir Klitschko (64-3-0), has had his say on what the future holds for the fighter from Watford, London. Having sparred with A.J. and reportedly defeated in their training clash, Wladimir preaches high hopes for Joshua and claims he has more potential than any other heavyweight in the division he has seen thus far.
Anthony Joshua has been under heavy criticism as of late, by both hardcore boxing fans and writers for possessing too much muscle mass and prioritizing strength over conditioning. However, it is difficult to overlook the variety of different opponents Joshua has fought within three years of making his professional debut. Having faced the enduring Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson (29-7-1) and explosive Dennis Bakhtov (39-10-0) and eliminating them both within two rounds, the world has yet to see A.J. go the distance.
Jessica Ennis-Hill, the 2012 London Olympic Gold medallist in the women’s Heptathlon, has been training vigorously with the Watford fighter. If Jessica’s methods of maintaining stamina and nimble movement has rubbed off on A.J., perhaps in his next bout against the undefeated and sturdy Gary Cornish (21-0-0) for the vacant Commonwealth heavyweight title, we will see a much more athletic side to Anthony. When it comes to fitness, muscle mass and baring a body-builder’s physique is not a factor that slows athletes down. When in fact, it is the confusion between being a body-builder, who has lean muscle and less fat, and being a power lifter, who dons more weight to escort their physical build. Athletes tend to be quicker when they pursue a body-builder’s prowess, which is currently what Anthony possesses. Nonetheless, A.J. thoroughly understands where his weaknesses lie and will develop himself to combat these limitations.
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