Anthony Joshua

"When people see this place, they ask why haven't we moved."

World heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua has posted an MTV Cribs-style tour of his flat on his YouTube channel - and the place is very, very basic.

AJ, who remains undefeated, is training in Sheffield before his US debut against Jarrell 'Big Baby' Miller in New York on 1 June. And he wanted to show his fans where he lives while he's getting in shape for the big fight.

The flat is located close to the GB Boxing base where he trains and is, to put it mildly, low key - a long way from the lifestyle you might have in mind for one of the world's biggest sports stars.

But there's a telling phrase he repeats throughout the video: "It works."

The seating.

Anthony Joshua

Joshua's flat tour starts with the living room, which features a very worn sofa and armchair, as well as a recovery chair he uses for physiotherapy.

"You've probably noticed the vintage seats - we've had these seats in here for about the last seven years," he says.

"They're comfortable, they work and I can relax."

Vintage is one way of putting it.

The kitchen.

Anthony Joshua

Next on the tour is the kitchen, where AJ shows off his electric hob and his fridge - which contains predominantly vegetables and different drinks to keep him hydrated.

"Nothing too exciting but it works," says Joshua. "Unfortunately there is no champagne, no vodka, no Ciroc, just water, Supermalt and raw fruit juice."

The bedroom.

Anthony Joshua

Joshua then opens the door through to the 'master bedroom', which includes what he describes as a "big single bed".

It's bizarre to see the 6ft 6in AJ in such a tiny room, with nothing on the walls. It seems he's happy to have no distractions, and just concentrate on his next fight.

"I can kick back after a long day, just think about my training, sparring, what I'm trying to achieve in and outside the ring... it's very quiet, not much goes on in here."

Joshua then moves into his en suite bathroom, which features a window that allows him to "keep an eye on anything that's going down".

Anthony Joshua

"Sometimes you have to keep an eye on the streets and check nothing dodgy is happening," he says. "Make sure everything is in order.

"I just come here and stand for hours making sure everything is smooth, nothing is going on and we're all protected."

His neighbours will be certainly pleased to know they've got the heavyweight champ on neighbourhood watch.

The guest room.

Anthony Joshua

Next stop on the tour is the double bedroom, which overlooks the "lovely views" of the steel city.

David Ghansa is a key member of AJ's team and lives with him in the flat while they're in camp.

"While you're in here you can't hear anything. It's peaceful," he says.

After a trip to the communal bathroom, Joshua moves back into the living room and sits on his battered armchair.

"When people have come here and when people have seen this place, they do wonder why we haven't moved," he says.

Anthony Joshua

His answer? "Because it works."

He adds: "It's peaceful, everyone has their own space, better sleeping, food to eat and it accommodates what we need for training.

"And do you know what's brilliant about it? The gym is a two-minute roll down the hill... there's no excuses not to train so it's a perfect location."

Joshua's humility is evident not only in the video but from fans' comments on the video.

One user said: "Reminds me of the house I grew up in... and I hated it. AJ has just reminded me to be thankful and grateful in 3 mins."

Another said: "All those millions in the bank & you're living like that... my hat off to you AJ!"

The humble digs might not be where you'd expect to find one of the world's biggest sports stars, but one thing's for sure... it definitely works.

information taken from the BBC site

Errol Spence Jr v Mikey Garcia

Spence Jr landed 375 punches to Garcia's 75 in the 12-round contest.

Errol Spence Jr retained his IBF world welterweight title for the third time after defeating four-weight world champion Mikey Garcia by a unanimous decision in Dallas on Saturday.

Spence Jr, who boxed for the US at the London 2012 Olympics, went the distance in his hometown - his first 12-round bout in his past 12 fights.

Judges scored the bout 120-107 120-108 120-108 in the 29-year-old's favour.

"People said I couldn't box. You saw it today," he said.

"I can box, I can move my head. I can do it if I want to," Spence added, after landing 375 punches to Garcia's 75.

Previously undefeated Garcia, 31, suffered his first loss in 40 professional fights.

Garcia, who moved up two weight divisions for his welterweight debut, missed out on the chance to join the likes of Floyd Mayweather, Tommy Hearns, Manny Pacquiao, Sugar Ray Leonard and Oscar de la Hoya in winning world titles across five weight classes.

He failed to land more than 10 punches in a single round in front of the 47,500 crowd at the AT&T Stadium.

"He is the truth. He is for real. He came out with a game plan, kept his distance. I couldn't make adjustments," Garcia said, after dropping to 39-1 with 30 KOs.

Filipino Pacquiao challenged Spence Jr to a fight after his victory which saw him improve to 25-0.

"I am looking at the winner of this fight. Spence wants to fight me," Pacquiao. "I am hoping to be back here, soon."

information taken from the BBC site

Gervonta Davis

Davis (left), with promoter Jim Watson, showed his support for arrested rapper 21 Savage after winning the fight.

Unbeaten Gervonta Davis retained his WBA super-featherweight belt with a first-round knockout of former champion Hugo Ruiz in California.

It was a 12th straight win by knockout for American Davis and his 20th win inside the distance from 21 fights.

Referee Jack Reiss called a stop to the fight after two minutes and 59 seconds following a late-round bombardment which floored the Mexican veteran.

"I just wanted to put on a great performance," the 24-year-old said.

Ruiz had stepped in as a late replacement after Davis' original opponent, three-division champion Abner Mares, withdrew last month after suffering an eye injury.

Following the fight, Davis sported a T-shirt in the ring showing his support for rapper 21 Savage - the British citizen has been detained by US immigration officials who say he arrived in the country as a child and failed to leave when his visa expired.

Elsewhere, Ruiz's compatriot Rey Vargas successfully defended his WBC world super-bantamweight title against Venezuela's Franklin Manzanilla, while Alberto Machado of Puerto Rico lost his WBA secondary super-featherweight belt to American Andrew Cancio.

information taken from the BBC site

Anthony Joshua and Jarrell Miller

Anthony Joshua and Jarrell Miller squared up at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday.

Unified world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua insists a future meeting with WBC champion Deontay Wilder or fellow Briton Tyson Fury will not be held up by television companies.

Joshua, Wilder and Fury are now signed to rival US broadcasters, making future negotiations arguably more difficult.

"Broadcasters are a platform to make our dreams come true," Joshua said.

Joshua will fight in the US for the first time when he defends his IBF, WBA and WBO titles against Jarrell Miller.

The pair will meet in New York on 1 June at the iconic Madison Square Garden - also the site of Tuesday's news conference.

Joshua, 29, says he will "beat and knock out" 30-year-old American Miller - who began Tuesday's encounter by using both hands to shove Joshua and send him stumbling backwards on the stage - before turning his attention back to a unification bout.

A meeting with Wilder seemed inevitable after Joshua beat WBA champion Wladimir Klitschko and WBO champion Joseph Parker to add those titles to his IBF crown, but the pair were not able to agree terms and the fight is yet to materialise.

Wilder went on to face Fury in December, retaining his belt after an enthralling draw in Los Angeles which has left both men - and the public - eager for a rematch.

Joshua has opted to face unfancied Miller, who has 23 wins and a draw but has never fought for a world title.

"We've been trying to negotiate with Wilder since I fought Carlos Takam in 2018 so these things have already taken time," Joshua said on Tuesday.

"We've come close, had a date booked, an offer in place, so there is no reason why these fights can't take place."

Anthony Joshua and Jarrell Miller

Miller has 19 wins in a row following a draw in 2013.

But the heavyweight landscape is complicated after Fury signed a deal with a US network worth a reported £80m.

The deal, which is understood to cover Fury's next five fights, will mean his bouts are broadcast on ESPN in the US while remaining on BT Sport in the UK.

Wilder's fights are broadcast on Showtime in the US, while Joshua is signed to the DAZN streaming service.

"If I want to fight Wilder or Fury it is up to the broadcasters to make these dreams happens - everyone benefits," added Joshua.

"I've done a deal before where HBO, Showtime and Sky worked together. It has been done before and we can do it again.

"Broadcasters won't hold this fight up."

Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn added: "I believe there is a way to make those fights happen."

'Miller's the softest puncher in the heavyweight division'

Anthony Joshua and Jarrell Miller

The pair sat on stage alongside promoter Eddie Hearn and television executives.

Joshua's choice of recent opponents, and his decision to face Miller, have received some criticism.

But the Watford-born fighter says it is a strategic step as he aims to be considered as one of the sport's greatest heavyweights.

"Me beating Miller may not make sense on 1 June but it may make sense in five years. Everything is building towards creating that legacy," he said.

"I could hype him up but I will keep it real. Miller can't punch, he hasn't got that much of a good work-rate, I'll throw more output punches.

"He's been knocked out seven times, he's the softest puncher in the heavyweight division.

"He's done nothing as a fighter in the amateur ranks or as a professional. And he will come up against a real champion.

"There is no fairytale story - the facts and stats show I will beat Miller and knock him out. That's the truth in plain sight."

Joshua wanted an easier fight - Miller.

For Miller, who hails from nearby Brooklyn, his first appearance at Madison Square Garden will represent the biggest fight of his career and a jump up in class.

Miller began Tuesday's news conference by describing his tough upbringing in "the ghetto", insisting that is what drives him to succeed in professional boxing.

"This is bigger than AJ, bigger than me, than MSG. This is huge," he said.

"It's bigger than money. For many years I didn't know what I was doing with my life, being a knucklehead, I had no idea other than going to the gym.

"I had this anger and fire in my stomach, I had dreams aged 11, 12, 13 that I was a warrior and that I was here for something."

In their first face-to-face public meeting, the man nicknamed 'Big Baby' tried to intimidate Joshua from the moment he pushed the Briton seconds after the pair appeared on stage.

He continually aimed barbs at Joshua - calling him a "prima donna", "barbie doll" and "prom queen" as well as other more crude insults - and constantly talked over Joshua as he answered questions.

Miller eventually decided to walk off stage, allowing Joshua - who stayed calm but looked annoyed by his opponent's behaviour - to continue talking without interruption.

"People call me the underdog but that's good. People call people from the hood and the ghetto underdogs all the time," Miller had explained earlier.

"I wasn't born with a silver spoon, I was born with these hands.

"I've worked hard for this. He didn't want this fight, he wanted an easy fight first, he wanted Dillian Whyte.

"He has got to earn to sit at my table. This is the gutter table, not the posh table. He can be the pretty boy but I'll grind it out."


Luke Reddy, BBC Sport boxing reporter:

Joshua has never been one to talk down a rival or immerse himself in the theatre of a heated news conference. But Miller has threatened to get under his skin before and seems to be doing the same here, if indeed this is real.

When Miller heard his rival curse on Tuesday, he screamed with delight: "That's what I want, to bring the real AJ out".

Part of me thinks that serves everybody. Joshua's clean-cut, corporate public persona isn't really keeping all his fans onside, even if it is respectful in this often ugly game.

So a bit of anger, a touch of beef and some raw emotion will maybe show off another side to the champion. As he looks to impress the US market for the first time, maybe making a noise - literally - will help get the job done.

information taken from the BBC site

Anthony Joshua

Bob Arum believes Anthony Joshua's fights in the UK against opponents such as Joseph Parker, pictured, have damaged his credibility in the US.

Anthony Joshua "desperately" needs to fight in the USA to raise his profile, legendary promoter Bob Arum says.

Arum says the world heavyweight champion's fights against "no-hopers" in the UK "damaged his credibility".

He claims Joshua, 29, is being overshadowed by Tyson Fury after his draw with Deontay Wilder in December.

"In the US if you ask people who the number one heavyweight is, I think many people will say Tyson Fury," said Arum, who promoted Muhammad Ali.

Speaking on BBC Radio 5 live's Boxing with Costello and Bunce, he added: "He needs really desperately to come to fight in the United States. And I say that not because I'm an American, I say that because, economically, the US market is still the most important, because the pay-per-view in the United States has the potential of 200 million, 150 million homes."

Briton Joshua has won all 22 of his fights to date, 21 by knockout.

He has beaten former WBA, IBF and WBO champion Wladimir Klitschko, former WBO champion Joseph Parker and 2004 Olympic gold medallist Alexander Povetkin in the past two years, but has never fought outside his home country.

There is speculation his next fight, originally scheduled for Wembley Stadium on 13 April, could be moved to the US - depending on the outcome of negotiations between Fury and Wilder.

Barry Hearn, head of Matchroom Sport, whose son Eddie promotes Joshua, said Fury and Wilder have both received "humungous" offers to fight Joshua.

But he conceded a rematch between the two was more likely and expects an announcement in the next seven days.


BBC boxing correspondent Mike Costello.

A couple of things struck me about that interview.

Firstly, how Fury's performance, and particularly what he did in the 12th and final round, has resonated across American boxing. But also Arum referring to Joshua's opponents as "no-hopers".

When you think of Joseph Parker, who held a world title, Wladimir Klitschko, who was motivated like rarely in the previous four or five years, even [Alexander] Povetkin, it's strange that there is this perception, but it's a perception that has to be broken down.

information taken from the BBC site

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