Anthony Joshua has given himself some thinking time while enjoying a break in America.
The former heavyweight champion is spending some time away stateside after his recent loss to Alexander Usyk in September.
But AJ is always on a mission and an ever-evolving man, so he can use the journey to his advantage as he prepares to rematch Usyak next year.
Here SunSport goes down how Joshua can make the most of his time abroad.
Masterclass from Canelo Alvarez
AJ was recently seen visiting the Mexican superstar’s gym at Canelo’s adopted US training base in San Diego.
And he would be a fool not to pick the brains of the four-division champion, who turned professional when he was only 15.
Canelo is known for being generous with his knowledge, often taking protagonist Ryan Garcia to the side for tactical cues.
Joshua has always welcomed advice and who could listen better than pound-for-pound No. 1?
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Joshua’s training team was questioned after losing to Usyk in London.
But he remained loyal to head trainer Rob McCracken after he lost to Andy Ruiz Jr. in 2019 and paid for the result to avenge him.
There’s no suggestion that AJ will switch camps, but he brought extra eyes on Joby Clayton and Angel Fernandez before rematching Ruiz.
And he could do it again and return from America with an experienced cornerman to help McCracken in the camp.
meet some rivals
America is a hot-bed for quality sparring and it could force AJ to step out of his comfort zone and rediscover the bullish boxing that catapulted him to stardom.
Unfortunately, finding Southpaw sparring is rare and the US doesn’t offer that much.
Former rival Ruiz is an option because of his pace, but is conservative and doesn’t keep the same pace as Usic, so Luis Ortiz, a Cuban who lives in Las Vegas, is AJ’s best bet.
The Brit has tried to shun Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder in the past, which means he isn’t afraid to mix it up with his rivals behind closed doors.
Find a new training base
Joshua has for the past few years set up shop at the state-of-the-art Team GB Base in Sheffield, the same venue where he won the gold medal in London.
If he stays with McCracken as expected, AJ is unlikely to move, but if he decides to have a change of scenery, America may be the place for it.
Fury has completely rediscovered himself since moving to Vegas with new coach Sugarhill Steward – the great Emanuel’s nephew.
And AJ could do with some school of hard knock attitude for his rematch with Usyak and take a leaf out of Fury’s book after two big wins over Wilder.
switch off boxing
Promoter Eddie Hearn has revealed that Joshua is ‘obsessed’ for putting wrongful rights against Usik.
But that kind of passion could potentially cause some tension for the 2012 Olympic gold medalist.
And with the rematch targeted for the first few months of 2022, it gives AJ plenty of time before getting into fight mode and starting serious training.
Taking some time to yourself and getting some rest can help Joshua clear his head a bit and freshen things up.