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Joshua goes back to the future with even bigger tasks up ahead

Anthony Joshua can still recall the culture shock of walking into the GB Boxing gym for the first time as an impressionable amateur ill-equipped to begin a journey which would sweep him to the top of his sport.

Joshua has teamed back up with former GB Boxing mentor Rob McCracken ahead of the second defence of his IBF heavyweight title against Eric Molina in Manchester tonight.

The 27-year-old said: "I was coming from a gym where the coaches are having a fag and just saying 'hit the bag, Josh' and they're on the phone, and I thought, this is really different from what I'm used to'."

Joshua continues to build towards a multi-million pound bout against Wladimir Klitschko next year, and Molina is not expected to detain him long.

The 34-year-old Texan put up a commendable effort in lasting nine rounds against WBC champion Deontay Wilder in Alabama last year, and then scored a stoppage win over world-rated Tomasz Adamek in Poland.

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