Anthony Joshua’s physio reveals secrets to success and why the world champion is a perfect physical specimen

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ANTHONY JOSHUA looks like the perfect physical specimen to be a heavyweight world champion, but he has the brain to match the muscles.

The 31-year-old chief physio Rob Madden has worked with the Watford icon through his brilliant rise, short falls, comeback and constant development.

Anthony Joshua's physio has lifted the lid on the boxer's physical and mental strengths

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Anthony Joshua’s physio has lifted the lid on the boxer’s physical and mental strengths

And he has broken down for SunSport the five essential traits that make the WBA, IBF and WBO boxing champion the perfect fighting machine.

POSITIVITY

THERE is an energy that AJ gives off when he enters a space that just lifts everyone.

When you train hard, exhausted, maybe injured or even nervous, that energy can be so beneficial that it can change everything.

And it’s something he’s probably not even aware of or working on, but he has this ability to lift everyone around him – whether it’s us members of the team, his training partners, even his sparring partners.

After the Andy Ruiz Jr loss, we were all so low and shocked, and he just went in and lifted us all. He told us to get our chins up and get back to work.

Taking your first loss like that and then getting in and lifting everyone else was great.

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PURE POWER

AJ’s genetics are phenomenal and it provides incredible raw strength and power.

I’m relatively young, but I know I will never meet anyone like him for the rest of my career. He is a once.

There have been times when he has been injured so he has not been able to do much boxing training or lifting and he still remains somehow in a good nick.

It is something that is very specific to him. It’s very clean and it’s totally devastating when we see it in the ring.

AJ is one of the most disciplined athletes out there

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AJ is one of the most disciplined athletes out thereCredit: Instagram @anthonyjoshua

DISCIPLINE

ANT’s discipline for training and, more importantly, life is incredible.

He always shows up, for training, for fights, for media events, he never lets us down.

Since the day he became a professional, he has been keeping an eye on the award and he has always been focused.

It must be one of his greatest strengths.

ENDURANCE

HIS cardiovascular capacity and motor are underestimated.

AJ does a lot of work in the box with his boxing and on the bike.

There has been some criticism of AJ’s engine, but we know how powerful his lungs are. He is phenomenal and has worked so hard on it.

One thing we need to work on is maximizing AJ’s rest – because he obviously does not want to do it.

If he does not spar, he will be on the bag or the pillows or the exercise bike and seek improvement.

But we now understand that in order to push to his maximum or hit personal records, he must be completely and properly rested beforehand.

Joshua is obsessed with boxing and getting even better

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Joshua is obsessed with boxing and getting even better

OCCUPATION

IT is not OCD or anything negative, but it is an obsession with improvement and growth.

Certainly in the second half of AJ’s career, I’ve noticed how obsessed he is with finding the edge or a way to improve.

He is now so obsessed with boxing, across all weights, if I am at his house, then boxing is constantly on the television or the laptop.


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It could be flying weights from the previous weekend or a grainy middleweight fight from the 1950s.

He loves the sport and it has become an obsession that has made him a better athlete every year.

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