Joshua reveals strict gym rules ahead of Oleksandr Usyk rematch

‘No f***ing about, boxing is serious’: Anthony Joshua reveals strict gym rules ahead of training camp for Oleksandr Usyk rematch and tells ‘spies and traitors’ to ‘f*** off’ as he prepares for crucial fight

  • Anthony Joshua is preparing for a rematch against Oleksandr Usyk this spring  
  • The heavyweight has revealed the rules he and sparring partners must follow  
  • Joshua told potential ‘spies’ to ‘f*** off’ as he bids to win his world titles back
  • The rules stress that boxing is ‘serious’, warning ‘no f***ing about’ in his gym 

Anthony Joshua has shared his strict training camp rules as he prepares for a crucial rematch with Oleksandr Usyk, warning any ‘spies’ in his gym to ‘f*** off’.

Joshua is set to shake up his usual surroundings as he bids to win back his world titles – with the 31-year-old ready to work under a new trainer and switch from his Sheffield base – and he has shared a new set of gym rules he and his sparring partners will be adhering to for the upcoming camp. 

He laid down the gauntlet with a notice showing 10 rules, posted on his Instagram story, including a warning that there can be ‘no f***ing about’ in his gym, telling visitors that ‘boxing is a serious business’.  

And in another stern reminder of how important the upcoming bout is, he told ‘spies and traitors’ who might visit his gym to ‘f*** off because we don’t want you.’ 

Visitors are also told to ‘shut your mouth until you know what you’re talking about’ and urged to ‘be on time’ for sparring and sessions and ‘give 100 per cent’ because ‘we will too’.  

Anthony Joshua has shared his set of strict rules ahead of his rematch with Oleksandr Usyk 

He has warned ‘spies and traitors’ to ‘f*** off’ and told visitors to take boxing seriously

The heavyweight star is yet to officially sign on to face the Ukrainian again after a bruising night last September saw him relinquish his three world title belts at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in a unanimous points loss. 

But he is expected to agree a fight in the spring – which could take place at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff – and is stepping up his preparations for what is the biggest fight of his career so far.

Joshua’s clear and concise messages come after saying he was ‘tired of losing’ in October and vowed to take Usyk into a ‘war’ for the prospective upcoming bout, saying he was ‘annoyed’ about losing his titles and said the Ukrainian ‘might get thrown on the floor’ when they meet again in the ring. 

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Other rules include ‘no f***ing’ about and warning visitors to ‘be on time and give 100 per cent’

The heavyweight star is preparing for a huge rematch with Usyk and has promised ‘war’ 

He has expressed the need to shake up his normal routine and was seen speaking with trainers in the United States – saying he is keen to learn new techniques after years of working with Rob McCracken.

His promoter Eddie Hearn said Joshua would announce his new trainer towards the end of the month when his camp officially begins, although McCracken will still remain part of his team.

‘I think AJ will make an announcement when camp starts, which I guess will be end of January, early February,’ Hearn told iFL TV.

Joshua is expected to announce a new trainer after years of working with Rob McCracken

‘But he’s worked hard to get it right. A lot of people have said, “do you think it’s risky to bring in a new trainer?”

‘I flip that and say, “do you think it’s risky to not be comfortable with your setup or your surroundings?”

On McCracken, he added: ‘He’ll always be involved in some way.

‘He’s more than just a trainer to Anthony Joshua… he’s a mentor, an advisor.

‘Those two will always talk – in what capacity, I don’t know. I’ll leave that to AJ to announce.

‘But there will certainly be additions to the training team.’ 

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