ANTHONY JOSHUA worked up a sweat with a brutal training workout as the days tick down to the first bell.
The British star, 32, is just over two weeks away from his huge heavyweight showdown with Oleksandr Usyk.
https://www.instagram.com/anthonyjoshua/Anthony Joshua is working hard in the gym ahead of the big fight[/caption]
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https://www.instagram.com/anthonyjoshua/A stretch to cool down is an important part of the workout[/caption]
And Joshua proved he is putting in the hard yards as he ramps up his preparation for fight night.
Decked out in his Under Armour gear, AJ shared the snaps on Instagram.
He was drenched in sweat on the exercise bike then was cooled down by a member of his team squirting water down his neck and then looked a lot fresher as he stretched out at the end of the session.
He captioned the post: “Warm up war warm down #TheOnlyWayIsThrough.”
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Joshua is aiming to win back the WBA, IBF and WBO titles he lost to Usyk at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in September.
The rematch takes place on August 20 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia – dubbed the Rage on the Red Sea.
And plenty used the comments section to send their encouragement.
One said: “Come on!! Get those belts back. You can do it.”
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Another added: “Can’t wait for you to become three-time heavyweight champion.”
Joshua is already in Saudi after heading out on a private jet to train in the country and get fully prepared for Usyk.
His gym set-up was done by Ringcraft and includes a ring for sparring, punchbags, speedballs, treadmills, bikes, weights and an air-conditioning unit to ensure he keeps cool.
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Former world champ David Haye told AJ he must rough his opponent up so much that he risks disqualification after he was outclassed in North London.
The Hayemaker told Gareth A. Davies: “I’m going to go with Anthony Joshua again.
“He applied probably the worst tactics you could do against a southpaw. Gave him range, was respectful inside, in close.
“There were no warnings from the ref about deducting points because he never imposed himself.
“He should be this close to getting a point deducted or disqualified, that’s how physical he needs to be because he’s a specimen like no other in the heavyweight division.
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“He is physically the supreme heavyweight right now.
“He just needs to apply that into a style that’s useful and last time round it wasn’t very useful at all and this time around he really has to do it. And I believe he will do it.”
AJ and Usyk will step into the ring again in Jeddah on August 20Getty