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Anthony Joshua Ready For America: It's My Time To Shine Now

Anthony Joshua is relishing defending his IBF, WBA, IBO and WBO heavyweight titles against Andy Ruiz Jr, having thrived from undertaking the final month of training in Miami.

Previously the 29-year-old had consistently remained in the UK, where he has always fought, but on the occasion of his US debut his approach has changed.

That he developed his own purpose-made gym instead of using one of those that already exists also suggests that he is likely to do so again in future, similarly to a peak David Haye.

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Joshua also revealed the many mental benefits involved after the frustration that came with the withdrawal of Jarrell Miller.

Furthermore, his rival Deontay Wilder last week stopped Dominic Breazeale inside a round, after Joshua had required seven, to potentially increase the pressure on him.

The Olympic gold medallist said: "I can see why people go away for training camps, because you do need to have a solitary mind.

"I've a social mindset, so it's good. The system I've used over the last nine years, I'm not complaining about, but it's been different, it's been good. It's something we can definitely implement more in future training camps.

"The sun, the vitamin D, (in Miami) is good for me. The focus is good, and maybe fighting away from home gives you that world championship mindset, like I'm fulfilling destiny.

"This is a step up for me. It's a new experience; travelling, new time zone, setting up a training camp away from home. All of that stuff is really important."

Saturday's fight at Madison Square Garden also represents Joshua's first opportunity to make a true statement in the US market, which remains boxing's most influential.

He added: "There's been a lot of interest around this fight, after the Jarrell Miller situation, the Wilder situation. It's my time to shine now. It's really, really good."

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by P4Pdunny on 05-29-2019

hopefully we get a good fight where AJ is fully tested

Comment by Oshio on 05-28-2019

Shine on Joshua. The future is so bright for Joshua so much so that the brightness will blind Wilder fanboys. It's started already

Comment by NachoMan on 05-28-2019

[QUOTE=AussieStu;19778374]Ironic given that so much of the American persona and national psyche is phoney. Everyone putting on a front and overly concerned with what other people think of them. Particularly black American culture with all that bling, “hoes”, trash talk,…

Comment by AussieStu on 05-28-2019

[QUOTE=NachoMan;19778179] TBH, even though he's one generation removed from Nigeria (or was he actually born there?), a lot of Americans, after listening to and watching AJ for ten minutes, might not even consider the dude black. To us, he comes…

Comment by NachoMan on 05-28-2019

[QUOTE=angkag;19777814]What's the TV coverage like in the US ? Is he getting any airtime ?[/QUOTE] Honestly, the casual American sports fan has no idea at all who Anthony Joshua is. To be fair, up until a year or so ago,…

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