The secretive world of boxers outside the public eye is astonishing - what they get up to, how they prepare in the days leading up to fight night and how they keep their professionals and personal life separate.
We got to see just that in the form of Olympic Gold medalist Anthony Joshua. In a mini documentary which gives us unprecedented access into the life of the British boxer, it follows the explosive heavyweight through everyday tasks leading up to his WBC International title fight with Dennis Bakhtov.
In the modern era, boxers will put on shows and practice sparring sessions in public places, based on where their main fan groups are located.
That’s all publicity though, but in the documentary we get an insight in to exactly how much the ‘publicity stunt’ actually means to Joshua. Connecting with his fans gives him the edge to box well and get him that win.
The last few hours before the fight particularly showed how the boxers themselves have to remain the calmest ones in the arena. We got an insight of Joshua doing his pre fight commitments, he remains calm and collected and has no thoughts in his head other than the task in hand.
The 25-year-old who is currently 10-0 with all ten fights ending by way of knockout, will face American boxer, Kevin Johnson on January 31. This will ultimately be the hardest test of Joshua’s short career so far. American has a record of 29-6-1.
Stopping the 35-year-old Johnson is feat that will be hard to achieve, the American has never been stopped, even at the hands of star names such as Vitali Klitschko, Derek Chisora and Tyson Fury.
The fight will take place in Joshua’s hometown, London at the O2 Arena.
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