After Anthony Joshua confirmed his fight against Jarrell Miller in New York, we evaluated a number of possible US training bases for the British heavyweight star.
The undefeated World Champion defends his WBA Super IBF and WBO belts against Brooklyn's Big Baby Miller on June 1 at Madison Square Garden in New York Sky Sports box office.
AJ's US debut at the box office
"AJ" has to move from its preferred headquarters in Sheffield before its American debut, we asked Sky sports Expert Macklin lists a number of training options for Team Joshua.
What were your first impressions of training in New York?
As for New York, to do your road work, I did it on a treadmill, or I used Riverside Park for Gennady Golovkin's fight. You will not really run in the middle of Manhattan. You would have to stop at each block.
Anthony Joshua is a heavyweight, but he still wants to eat well, and when I did weight there, you could only smell pizzas. The gyms are good, although New York is not the hotbed of the 80s or 90s.
It's over in Brooklyn, but I would not go there because it's very busy, it's more office work.
There are some pro fighters stationed there, and I know Mark Breland is training a few guys there, but if you're Joshua, you want it quite private. I would imagine that Trinity would be his best bet.
Trinity Boxing Gym.
I trained there for the fights of Sergio Martinez and Gennady Golovkin. The guys there were brilliant and very accommodating. They understood that it was a big world championship fight, and they made sure the ring was available whenever I wanted it.
But someone like Joshua, at the level he's on, I do not think those little things will be a problem. I think he can pretty much say anything and get set up where he wants.
Church Street Gym
It is very good. They have a basement room and I'm pretty sure they could get it for themselves. That's been a while. Great setup, great facilities. Not many fighters fight out there, it's a lot more office workspace.
Anthony is very used to having the setup in Sheffield, where he has all the privacy he needs, or he is as busy as he wants. I think Connecticut is certainly a possibility.
Obviously, Katie Taylor trains there, she's promoted by Eddie Hearn, and that's something she could pretty easily set up. He's out of the way, but not too far from New York, so he would surely be above jet lag and everything else.
That's in Pennsylvania, that's the East Coast equivalent of the & # 39; Big Bear & # 39; Mountains. That's quite possible or even trained in the city of Philadelphia. Some people like the peace and solitude of Pocono. Lennox Lewis obviously did it.
I would imagine that Pocono or Philadelphia would be ideal because he is not in New York and the drifting of everything. In Philadelphia there is a lot of sparring, many rough and ready gyms. Great atmosphere, great fighters, just an hour from New York.
Where could "Big Baby" Miller train?
Mendez Boxing Gym
Some good fighters train from there, but Joshua will not use that because "Big Baby" Miller has already settled in this gym. If there is a big show in the city, they often do the media training there.
Miller works with a man named Harry Keitt, who was with John Duddy quite a few years ago. Harry is a decent coach and, as far as I know, he's with him from day one.
It's busy, quite hectic, but it has a great atmosphere.
When do you think that AJ will arrive in America?
The minimum would be seven days for me. That would be the bare minimum, but I would probably go there myself a month in advance. Come over and shake off the jet lag.
AJ has a good lineup in Sheffield, he's happy there. It is not broke, why fix the problem? He can do all the hard work here, fly eight days ago. Have the weekend time to shake off the jet lag, and the week before you just rejuvenate.
Watch Anthony Joshua defend his world heavyweight title against Jarrell Miller at Madison Square Garden in New York on June 1, live in the Sky Sports Box Office.