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Yoga is helping me –Anthony Joshua

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Anthony Joshua has revealed that he uses yoga in an attempt to increase the length of his boxing career, Daily Mail reports.

Joshua, who downed Wladimir Klitschko in a high profile match at Wembley Stadium at the end of April, also admitted that he struggles with some of the stretching he is asked to do.

The 27-year-old WBA, IBF and IBO world heavyweight champion was asked whether it was okay for men to do yoga.

Speaking as part of a campaign for Lynx which seeks to break down barriers for men and answer questions they find difficult to ask, he said, “Of course it’s okay for guys to do yoga.

“Yoga doesn’t help you become a better boxer, but yoga helps the longevity of your boxing career.

“The hardest yoga pose I’ve done is the downward facing dog. I just don’t understand why you have to hold it for so long.

“Stretching for me is touch your toes, stretch your shoulder, stretch your shoulder and you’re good to go, so when they’re making me do a downward dog for a minute-and-a-half and my legs start shaking, I found that tough.”

The undefeated Joshua has already made his return to the gym following the victory against Klitschko.

He said earlier this week that he was “getting ready to fight whoever”, but there is an expectation that the Ukrainian fighter will activate a rematch clause.

If that turns out to be the case, the pair are likely to meet up again at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff in October.

“I believe Klitschko will go ahead with the rematch so we are looking at dates,” promoter Eddie Hearn told The Sun.

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