Anthony Joshua honing skills for Oleksandr Usyk rematch by playing laser tag with pals during Dubai training camp

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Anthony Joshua honing skills for Oleksandr Usyk rematch by playing laser tag with pals during Dubai training camp

Anthony Joshua is honing his shooting skills with laser tag sessions ahead of his rematch with Ukraine assassin Oleksandr Usyk.

The 32-year-old heavyweight hero from Watford lost his WBA, IBF and WBO titles to the southeastern sharpshooter in September.

Anthony Joshua enjoys a game of laser tag with his friends in Dubai

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Anthony Joshua enjoys a game of laser tag with his friends in Dubai
Two-time heavyweight world champion AJ.  Finished fifth out of eighth with only 25 kills

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Two-time heavyweight world champion AJ. Finished fifth out of eighth with only 25 kills

And he has been on training tours in the US and Dubai looking for a new training regime to help him focus again for the spring shot to recapture his belt.

The 2012 Olympic icon trained with Floyd Mayweather last week, but had some fun with friends on Monday night at the XStrike Entertainment Center.

The former champion finished only fifth out of his eight teammates, with 25 kills inside the combat simulator.

And he didn’t enjoy the vibrating belt resonating around his waist when the opponent shot him.

But if it helps him improve his eye and reflexes to win again, it will be worth increasing his arsenal with the season.

AJ has been training for hours at the huge Binas Gym in Dubai’s Al Quoz area, where the XStrike Center is just a five-minute drive away.

Joshua was not a fan of the vibrating belt around his waist as he could not move past the first level

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Joshua was not a fan of the vibrating belt around his waist as he could not move past the first level


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The 6ft 6in powerhouse also enjoyed a football match between friends over the weekend, with the former winger playing on the local Astroturf pitch.

Joshua is mixing business and pleasure in his Middle East, with major news expected soon on his break-up with Team GB Rob McCracken.

Promoter Eddie Hearn claimed last month that AJ would make a public announcement about his team for the Usyk rematch in the new year.

And it seems unlikely that he will remain in the UK where his contributions to British sport have made him too much to be properly challenged as a hero.

The matchroom boss said: “I think it might be time to move on from that environment because when you were 18 and you go to GB and Anthony Joshua is everywhere, he’s a god.

“I guess it’s time to rough him up a bit, not in the log cabin in the middle. But there it is, ‘Oh my god, it’s AJ!’ Because they are proud of him.

“It’s not just about who is training him, it’s about where it’s going to be.

“He is talking to people and I think he will take a decision at the beginning of the new year.”

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