Anthony Joshua “looks like a Bruiser” – Gareth A. Davies

Via Jake Tiernan: Anthony Joshua looks like a “bruises” for the fight against Jermaine Franklin this Saturday night, in the words of Gareth A. Davies.

Joshua looks as heavy as he did against Carlos Takam in October 2017 in Cardiff, Wales. AJ weighs a bulky 254 lbs for that fight, it was slow and lacked the combination he had before adding all that muscle weight.

It was initially assumed that former unified heavyweight champion Joshua (24-3, 22 KOs) would shrink his massive body when he teamed up with new trainer Derrick James in Texas for his He’s not a trainer focused on boxing training, not a boxing coach. hit his boxer to hit the weight room to add more bulky, useless muscles.

Joshua’s great search for the Franklin fight

Joshua, 33, admitted this week that he is lifting weights and for no reason skips that part of his workout. You could argue that old habits, even bad ones, are hard to die for, and Joshua couldn’t resist the magnetic pull of the weight room in his scheduled twelfth round title bout. with Franklin (21-1, 14 KOs) this Saturday, April 1 at the O2 Stadium in London.

He looks big. He said he went through torture with Derrick James. Derrick told me last night. He told me that there were times when he let Joshua do 15-minute non-stop boxing on the pads. Gareth A. Davies said to talkSPORT Boxing about Anthony Joshua.

“He looks big; he looks like a bruiser. Hopefully, he’ll be brutal on Saturday night. He is one of the most scrutinized athletes in the world, and he has been for the past ten years.

“For someone in his position to have won an Olympic heavyweight gold medal in his own home city. In the mainstream, I think people are still drawn to him as a character, and his commercial opportunities are still huge. The demands on him are huge,” Gareth said of Joshua.

“All he needs is the optics of a very strong win. People wouldn’t be pleased if he went twelve laps and won convincingly by a big decisive score,” Davies said of AJ. “They also wouldn’t be pleased if he knocked out Jermaine Franklin in two innings. He’ll be damned if he does and damn if he doesn’t.

“If he knocks him out early, people will say, ‘Yeah, but he’s 35th in the world.’ If he did twelve rounds, people would say, ‘Yeah, but he lost his old destroyer.’ He needs that in a way, but there’s a feeling around him, and he’s supposed to be like this at the moment.

“This is his [Joshua] first non-title match in twelve matches. He finished twelve times in a row. So in a sense, he just needs to win, and he has three big fights left. Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder and Joe Joyce. He doesn’t need to do anything else after that.

“It doesn’t matter if he loses everything, except the one against Jermaine Franklin. Eddie Hearn says we sold a lot ticket very early and there are only a few hundred tickets left now,” said Davies about ticket situation for Joshua versus Franklin. “I think it will be full on Saturday night.

“They are also not promoting this war in a big way. It’s the kind that goes under the radar. They are not trying to be a big seller. They know they can make 20,000 seats. This is a recovery war. This is a restoration of what he was [Joshua] had been before. They’re calling it ‘New Dawn’, aren’t they?

“In many ways, they did it to take the pressure off him. They won’t sell 40,000 seats fighting Jermaine Franklin. His resonance has changed with the fighting public coming to see him fight. They sold it without difficulty,” said Gareth.

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