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Anthony Joshua has trained with 10-year-olds in preparation for Takam fight

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All eyes will turn to the world of boxing on Saturday night as Anthony Joshua exchanges blows with Carlos Takam in the fourth defence of his heavyweight titles.

The Englishman is the biggest name in boxing at the moment after sending Wladimir Klitschko to the Wembley canvas in April, now with the entire division at his feet.

The likes of Deontay Wilder, Dillian Whyte, Joseph Parker, David Haye and even Tyson Fury are queuing up on the premise Joshua will extend his record to 20-0.

Nevertheless, the risk of supporters getting ahead of themselves should not be underestimated with Takam providing a robust challenge.

He poses a very different approach to Kubrat Pulev who was forced to withdraw from the bout with a shoulder injury and AJ has even conceded that his advisory has a head like a 'block of cement.'

As a result, Joshua is preparing for the Principality Stadium match-up void of complacency, especially when you consider fans are already speculating on his 2018 plans.

The 27-year-old gave an insight into his regime on Thursday during the final promotional press conference for the fight at the National Museum of Wales.

He explained to the crowd: “Cardiff is good, it's looking really good.

Anthony Joshua and Carlos Takam Media Work Out

“To be fighting again is good. It’s all I do, it’s all I know. It’s an honour to be defending my belts.

"The privilege is I’m around hungry athletes as well when I train with the Team GB Boxing athletes in Sheffield. That’s grassroots level.

“It gives them the opportunity to see the benefits of becoming a champion. I’m a reflection of hard work.

“I still go to my old amateur club and train with kids who are like 10 years old."

Yes that's right, Joshua is training for a world heavyweight fight alongside primary school students.

Obviously, the exercise forms a very small part of his preparation yet Joshua keeps up the appearances as means of remaining grounded - one of the biggest reasons the British public adore him so much.

He then summarised his thoughts on the move, stating: "You can only achieve what you can see and I still keep it real.”

Anthony Joshua Media Workout

Joshua spoke of how he hoped the Klitschko victory would inspire up and coming boxers; his recent behaviour will only augment this and it's great to see.

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