Anthony Joshua shares snap with first and current trainers at his boyhood gym as he winds down his preparation for Alexander Povetkin

On Saturday night, Anthony Joshua will defend his unified world heavyweight titles against Alexander Povetkin at Wembley Stadium.

On Saturday night Joshua defends his unified heavyweight titles against Alexander Povetkin

But the lights haven’t always shone so brightly for the 28-year-old.

Only a decade ago, a teenage AJ was learning his trade in the modest surroundings of Finchley ABC in north London.

And ahead of this Saturday’s showdown with Povetkin, Joshua returned to his old haunt to catch up with his first trainer Sean Murphy.

The heavyweight then posed for a photo with Murphy and his current coach, Rob McCracken.

Anthony Joshua alongside his first coach Sean Murphy (c) and current trainer Rob McCracken

 

‘Several responsibilities put me here ~ go get it regardless,’ Joshua wrote in the caption on Instagram.

In March, Murphy lifted the lid on working with AJ in the early days of his life in boxing, telling Sportsmail: ‘I never, ever, ever would have imagined he would get as far as he has.

‘He was tall and skinny and he was always laughing. I was always on his case, though, from the early days. If someone talked to him, he would always talk back. And I would say: “What are you doing? Get on with it!”’

AJ has also been bumping into more household names ahead of fight night. On Tuesday, West Indies all-rounder Daren Sammy posted a video alongside the WBA, IBF and WBO titlist.

‘(I’m) with the champ, the one and only,’ Sammy said before AJ responded: ‘You’re the main man as well!’

The pair have cross paths before, with Sammy writing on Instagram: I thought the boxing champ @anthony_joshua wouldn’t remember me from the last time we met, but he did.

‘Big up Champ and all the best on Saturday. Pleasure meeting you again.’

 

Joshua returned to Finchley ABC to see Murphy after first picking up the IBF world title

Source: DailyMail