Boxing - Joshua's Rio training starts now

As the dust settles after London 2012, Team GB's Super Heavyweight Olympic champion Anthony Joshua insists he is searching for some peace and quiet as he looks to improve on this summer's display.


Having been embroiled with commitments outside of boxing, Joshua believes now the best place for him is in the gym where his training intensity has increased at the start of another four-year cycle.

And despite calls for him to turn pro the 23-year-old is taking an honest approach to his boxing, admitting he must improve his defence before contemplating leaving the amateur ranks.

But with the opportunity to add a world championship to his Olympic title in 2013, Joshua is confident the rigorous training regime will have him well-placed to set the ring alight next year.

"Training is the place you want to be right now because it is quiet," said Joshua, speaking at the UK Coaching Awards 2012, supported by Gillette.

"I am looking for peace at the minute and I'm trying to get everything back to when I first started fighting.

"I feel that focus is what I need but as I get older I get more responsibilities but if I balance everything out it will be good.

"I learnt a lot from the last four years and I don't want to take it for granted. I need to reflect on it and make a few changes and crack on.

"So before the new year I am sorting things out and afterwards that time-bomb will start again.

"Now we have come back, we are doing even more. Instead of six to eight rounds on the bags it's now ten to 12 rounds and our fitness and technique are always improving.

"Even as an Olympic gold medallist I am not satisfied. I have to start my four or five year project again and I don't want to mess about with it.

"I really like boxing and I want a career in it, I don't just want to come and go so I want to ensure the long-term decisions are done properly."

With the World Series of Boxing underway Joshua is yet to decide whether he is to compete in the competition for the Great Britain Lionhearts who overcame USA Knockouts in their debut match.

And with a potential third instalment with Roberto Cammarelle, the Italian he defeated in the final in London, in the offing Joshua is willing to be patient in his quest for heavyweight dominance.

"I am just weighing up my options whether or not I am going to do it [Boxing World Series]," he added. "Sometimes you just know whether an event is right for you and I have had a feeling so I am going to seek some advice from the coaches.

"The boys did really well out in America so it is a great concept and it brings out the best in you because you are a bit more aware without the head gear.

"I know I need to improve and in the amateurs I don't mind fighting Olympians and [Roberto] Cammarelle has said he will fight me again. I like those kind of fights.

"It is all a learning curve for the bigger vision."

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