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Anthony Joshua Back in Training, Not Ready For Pro Ranks

Olympic super-heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua returned to training with Team GB as he begins his journey towards defending his crown in 2016.

The gold medalist shot to fame at London 2012 to become the hottest property in British boxing. He has so far resisted the lure of the professional ranks and insists he is focused on the Rio Games in four years' time.

Joshua took the first steps along the long road to Brazil by joining up with his amateur colleagues at their English Institute of Sport base in Sheffield and despite the persistent speculation over his future, the 6ft 6in Londoner is happy to keep his headguard and vest.

"The situation is that Anthony is back in the gym with GB Boxing today," his manager James Cook said.

"There have been no talks about turning professional. He's staying amateur. He's got a lot to learn and he's taking his time and there have been no talks with promoters and nothing has changed.

"I don't think he's even thinking about it. He genuinely wants to just get back in the gym and train. He's had 43 fights, that's the reality of it.

"He's very, very young and he doesn't want to make any rash decisions. He likes the GB set-up and the professionalism of the team around him and that's where he's at. It may be boring, but that's the situation.

"But obviously you never know what's going to happen down the line in three years' time or something."

The 22-year-old, who only took up the sport in 2007, edged out Italy's Roberto Cammarelle in the Olympic final last month having won silver at last year's World Championships.

He immediately vowed to stay loyal to the amateur set-up.

"It's honestly not going to be hard to resist," he said at the time.

"To leave something as great as the Great Britain set-up just because of money would be a big mistake. I don't want to lose that because of a bit of money thrown in my face.

"I didn't grow up with loads of money around me anyway, and I'm happy with the way things are. These memories are priceless. I want to go on and win world and European titles and dominate in the amateurs."

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by I Love Jesus! on 09-17-2012

what a moe. 22 is not young enough to wait 4 years. Memories won't buy you anything dude. Turn pro and fight 45 bums in a row like the rest of the frank warren fighters and be rich.

Comment by HardSpar on 09-17-2012

He's not had that much amateur experience and has alot to learn, he will learn more by fighting highly skilled fighters in the amateurs than knocking out a load of bums in the pro ranks. Let the profile building bum…

Comment by PrinceNaz88 on 09-17-2012

[QUOTE=gingerbreadman;12523663]I seem to remember rumours after the games that super-heavy is being discontinued to put more women's divisions in. Couldn't give you a source, but I remember whispers of that. And IMO the Commonwealth Games would be the best time…

Comment by gingerbreadman on 09-17-2012

[QUOTE=PrinceNaz88;12523426]No way will he go to Rio in my opinion. I reckon he will try and become World champion and then turn pro.[/QUOTE] I seem to remember rumours after the games that super-heavy is being discontinued to put more women's…

Comment by Bronard on 09-17-2012

Yup, get some good training "champ". Maybe you will ACTUALLY win a fight next time without being given a gift decision. :rofl:

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