‘I’m not a big-time Charlie’ says Anthony Joshua as he explains gym etiquette

Anthony Joshua insists he’s not been a ‘big-time Charlie’ in his new gym as he made his ‘grand arrival’ in Riyadh.

The British heavyweight star is still one of the biggest boxing names in the planet but he’s not been acting the top dog in Ben Davison’s gym since teaming up with his latest trainer.

Joshua, 34, has been in the gym with former WBA featherweight champion Leigh Wood as well as rising star Pat McCormack and heavyweight Jeamie TKV (Tshikeva). The move to the Harlow gym ahead of his clash with Otto Wallin this weekend in Saudi came as a surprise.

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But he said: “In terms of camp, I respect all of the fighters. They’ve been there before me. To go in there, I’m aware I’ve got to be respectful of their space as well. I’m not in there like the big Charlie like, ‘yeah I’m here now’. Nah, I respect everyone there, I show them love.

“I’m a big supporter of boxing. Everyone wants to do well. Everyone just wants to push themselves. So I’ve gone in there with that energy – ‘come on let’s go, let’s push ourselves, how can we get better?’

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“Me and Jeamie TKV (Tshikeva) we do our crunches and our abs together, me and Leigh Wood do circuits together, Shabaz (Masoud), Pat (McCormack), Luke (McCormack) and all of the other boys in there. I respect the coaches as well.”

Joshua arrived at the grand arrival event which was staged at a brand-new theme park in Riyadh which was built in just 88 days. But he kept it brief in interviews with broadcasters after walking the red carpet along with potential March rival Deontay Wilder.

“It’s a really good environment that gym,” added Joshua. “I’m happy I was there early enough that I basically had a full camp for this fight.

“Even though it came up at a late stage like seven weeks out, I’m really happy that I was in training camp early on because this opportunity I didn’t want to miss for the world."

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