Anthony Joshua has reverted back to working on the basics as he returned to his old gym for a training session this week while the search for his next opponent rumbles on.
The heavyweight champion has made huge improvements over the past 12 months in his footwork and has continued to focus on that aspect of his boxing.
Joshua returned to Finchley Boxing Club – the gym where he began his career in the sport as a lanky 18-year-old – and posted a video on his Instagram of him working on his movement and defence as he shadow boxed in the ring on Sunday morning.
The Brit is just ticking over in the gym at the moment as his team continue to work on finding him a suitable opponent for his next outing at Wembley on April 13.
Securing a fight with either WBC champion Deontay Wilder or Tyson Fury was high on Joshua’s list but it appears as though he will have to wait to get his crack at the other two major players in boxing’s blue-ribbon division.
Fury’s promoter Frank Warren revealed earlier this week a deal for Fury and Wilder to fight in a rematch is nearing completion with Las Vegas being touted as a possible venue to stage the event.
A rematch with Dillian Whyte, who has more than earned his stripes with nine successive victories since losing to Joshua back in 2015, seems the world champion’s likeliest next move, though his rival recently deemed their initial offer ‘utterly ridiculous’.
‘It it’s very unlikely that I’ll be fighting AJ in April. I just received a stupid offer from him after waiting for it since October,’ he told The Sun.
‘There has been a first offer but it is utterly ridiculous, a lot less than what I made for [Dereck] Chisora, I think they only made the offer to cover themselves, they are not serious about it.
‘The offer is silly, I am a pay-per-view fighter now, I have worked my way up with nine wins since I boxed him, all won in spectacular fashion.
‘It is a childish offer, they know what I bring to the table, if he doesn’t get Deontay Wilder or Tyson Fury then I am the only one who sells Wembley out.’
Unbeaten American Jarrell Miller is another potential opponent for AJ. Big Baby, who is his stablemate at Matchroom, could land a fight with Joshua later in the year as the champion looks to make it in the US.
Eddie Hearn said last month that Miller is a ‘viable option’ for the champion’s next fight, with New York’s Madison Square Garden and Brooklyn’s Barclays Center considered potential venues.