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Anthony Joshua smiles during the Jarrell Miller press conference.

Anthony Joshua explains decision to stay at humble flat in Sheffield ahead of Jarrell Miller bout

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You’d expect world champions in any sport to be living in luxury when training for a big event, but that couldn’t be further from the case for Anthony Joshua.

The IBF, WBA and WBO champion has taken the time to show his 232k YouTube subscribers around the surprisingly-ordinary, two-bedroom flat in Sheffield where he’s currently residing as he prepares to face Jarrell ‘Big Baby’ Miller at Madison Square Garden.

Joshua will clash with Miller in New York on June 1, but is doing the majority of his training at the GB boxing base in South Yorkshire with trainer Rob McCracken.

Widely touted as one of the sport’s most exciting stars in the current generation, he’s understood to be worth over a whopping £35million, but takes extra measures to ensure he retains full focus in the lead up to fights.

While taking his YouTube channel around the basic property, Joshua, as cited by the Mirror, explained why exactly he believes it’s important to live off the bare essentials when training for bouts.

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

"[It’s] because it works. 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 honestly a two-minute roll down the hill... there's no excuses not to train so it's a perfect location."

He’s trained at the GB boxing base in Sheffield since as early as before winning a gold medal at London 2012, and despite accumulating around £100million in career earnings since that success, the 29-year-old is still renting the same flat and insists the approach works – and it’s fair to say the approach certainly does work, given his professional boxing record.

Joshua went on to explain why he still has visibly worn-out chairs in the living area.

"This is where it goes down! You've probably noticed the vintage seats, we've had these seats in here for about the last seven years. But you know the old saying: ‘If it ain't broke, don't fix it’. They're comfortable, they work, I can relax... it's what I need so there is no need to change it.

"Sometimes you have to keep an eye on the streets and check nothing dodgy is happening," he joked. "Make sure everything is in order. Sometimes I just come here and stand for hours making sure everything is smooth, nothing is going on and we're all protected.”

He notoriously used to live with his mother in a £185,000 council flat before buying it for her in 2013 which is a huge contrast to the £20,000-a-week mansion he lived in ahead of his last bout against Alexander Povetkin. Will the result be the same on June 1?

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