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Anthony Joshua reveals where he likes to prepare for his fights

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Anthony Joshua is one of the hottest athletes in the current global sporting landscape

With his professional record standing at 19 wins in his 19 fights (all by KO), you would think he would be living the life of luxury, however, you would be very much mistaken.

As he prepares to fight 36-year-old Carlos Takam in Cardiff on the 28th of October, Joshua has taken Sky Sports into his 'bunker' - an apartment about as basic as you can get, which he uses to escape all the hype that revolves around his next fight.

Joshua's latest apartment abode is a far cry from where he prepared for the Klitschko fight- a seven bedroom mansion in the luxurious surroundings of St John's Wood in north-west London.

After the biggest win of his career to date against the Ukrainian superstar, stories emerged that he had moved back in with his mother into her two-bed ex-council flat that he bought for her in 2013.

Joshua shares an incredibly close relationship with his mother and is so protective of her that he has not allowed her to see any of his professional fights.

Speaking previously about their relationship, Joshua said, 'I'll take the belt home and she's proud, but I want to keep our mother-son relationship on a level and not be like she favours me as her son because I'm world champion.'

The level-headed boxer still helps her with chores around the house saying: "I'll still do that, buying the milk, eggs, anything like that.'

"The only thing I ask mum to help me with is my food, so she does most of the shopping, gets the fish, meat and chickens and stuff, but I do more than my fair share when I'm at home."

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The fight against the Frenchman (35-3-1) came at short notice after his original opponent Kublev Pulev pulled out with injury.

Takam has fallen short against quality opponents, most recently against WBO champion Joseph Parker, a fight which went the distance.

While Joshua will be the overwhelming favourite to make it 20 wins from as many fights, he knows exactly what to expect and is taking nothing for granted.

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AJ continued: "He is durable.

"He will become more durable because he’ll be in hostile territory. 

"When you come into that type of environment, what have you got to lose? He’ll say: ‘I’ll give it my all’.

"People have said: ‘Josh, what round? What round?’ I think we’re going for a 10 to 12 round fight because this guy’s head is like a block of cement."

So while some fighters with the attributes of Joshua will be taking this fight for granted, the humble star is just taking it one small step at a time.

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