Anthony Joshua, 34, already back in training with coach Ben Davison as former champ is backed to fight into his 40s


ANTHONY JOSHUA is already back training with Ben Davison, who has been backed to keep the heavyweight star fighting into his 40s.

AJ is coming off a brutal second-round knockout against MMA superstar Francis Ngannou in March.

Anthony Joshua is already back training with Ben Davison

It was his second under the guidance of coach Davison, after a stoppage win over Otto Wallin in December.

And the pair are wasting no time in getting back to it as AJ posted a picture in Davison’s Harlow gym on the pads.

Joshua, 34, looks back to his best under his new coach and one man who can attest to that is sparring partner Jeamie Tshikeva.

And Tshikeva – nicknamed TKV – reckons AJ has banked himself another five more years in the sport which would take him to 40.

TKV told Boxing News: “I don’t think AJ was scared before. The difference is he’s very confident.

“He believes in what Ben and Lee Wylie are teaching him. That’s what gives him the confidence to do what he’s doing.

“I just feel like AJ’s going to be a three-time world champion and the way he’s moving he’s added three maybe five years to his career.”

TKV, who has a 6-1 record, provided Joshua with sparring before the emphatic KO over Ngannou, 37.

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And he said: “It was great. Do you know what, I enjoyed camp with him. It was fun. We had a good time in sparring.

“Some of my best fun spars. I just really enjoyed the spar, he enjoyed it too.

“I came in the last two weeks of camp, and did a lot of sparring with him. AJ was sharp and strong. It was fun.”

Joshua is waiting on news for his next fight but it could be determined by the outcome of Tyson Fury’s unification against Oleksandr Usyk on May 18.

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The two are expected to rematch right after, meaning AJ will either wait for the winner or take an interim bout in the meantime.

Jeamie Tshikeva with Joshua after sparring

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