ANTHONY JOSHUA has studied US Navy SEALS in a bid to boost his chances of gunning down Andy Ruiz Jr.
Britain’s WBA, IBF and WBO king defends his titles against the Mexican on Saturday night in New York after almost nine months out of the ring.
But the Watford workaholic, 29, has filled his time swotting up on the USA’s special forces unit and how they handle coming under fire.
Heavyweight Joshua has also enlisted the services of a psychologist, saying: “This is the first time I have worked with a psychologist as a pro.
“We spoke to a lot of teams we work with and they brought in Navy SEAL experts, team-bonding experts, all experts in different fields where you’re trying to achieve a goal.
“Navy SEALs are put in situations where they are under a lot of pressure and how do they react?
“As a team, we had one of those weeks where we all went out together and a Navy SEAL guy showed us Army pictures of people getting shot and how they deal with those situations, controlling that.
“Say I have a plan to beat Ruiz on Saturday. He goes out and clips me with a big shot, how do I deal with that situation?
It’s about having fun with it as well. Even as a kid, you want to learn but you have to make it fun. We want to make training purposeful rather than just beasting myself.
Anthony Joshua on training
“I’ve gone through so much and the Navy SEAL guy just came in and brought in everything we needed.
“The main thing was communication, simplifying all our jargon and giving us a target, which is Saturday night.”
AJ has even been working weekends during training camps in Sheffield and Miami to perfect a game-plan.
Jarrell Miller was his original opponent but the American failed three drug tests. Now smaller, quicker, Ruiz will offer a very different challenge.
Rob McCracken-trained Joshua said: “I’ve been able to do more. I trained at the weekends, when usually I would be resting.
“It’s about having fun with it as well. Even as a kid, you want to learn but you have to make it fun. We want to make training purposeful rather than just beasting myself.
“The good thing is I’ve got to a situation where I have a lot of information from what I’ve done over the years.”
Joshua and his team employ a strict honesty policy and opened up on their strengths and weaknesses at the start of the camp.
So there should be no surprises at Madison Square Garden, where he is bidding for a 23rd professional win.
AJ added: “It’s been a similar camp but also different. The main thing is recovery, being able to perform at a top level in the gym and not going in with the mindset of just getting by.
“Instead I am thinking ‘what am I learning?’.
“That’s just me as a person, why am I doing what I’m doing? If you can explain it to me, I’ll give it 100 per cent. If I don’t understand it, I won’t have the right attitude.
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“It’s the same as friendship and relationships — you have to speak about them and be open. We all come together and talk about where I’m struggling.
“Rob spoke about where he’s struggling and where he wants to improve, as did the strength and conditioning coach and the commercial team.
“We brought in a psychologist, wrote everything down and have been working on it every day.”