Joshua puts in the work

Anthony Joshua requires twice the calories of an average man to fuel his two four-hour training sessions every day, according to the boxer’s nutritionist Mark Ellison.

The 27-year-old is training like never before as he prepares to meet the biggest challenge of his career to date, a fight against Wladimir Klitschko in front of a sold-out Wembley on April 29.

Joshua’s grueling regime includes two four-hour gym sessions a day, but it seems the hard work doesn’t stop when he drops the weights as he must chow down wtice the recommended daily allowance of calories.

That is where Ellison comes in, a man hired purely to make sure Joshua has enough energy to sustain and recover from his intense efforts.

The professional nutritionist says fitting in so many calories has posed a problem.

“He is an unbelievable athlete,” Ellison said of the IBF world champion. “He’s unbelievably committed, he focuses on the details and he works his absolute nuts off. There’s no other heavyweight like him – that are as lean as him, as athletic as him, that can cope with the training he does.

“He’s the only heavyweight I know that trains like a middleweight. The challenge for me is making sure he eats enough.”

Joshua’s diet includes five poached eggs for breakfast, two salmon fillets for lunch and a whole chicken for dinner as well as a host of other snacks and supplements.

It stands as another example of just how dedicated the London 2012 gold medalist is, but he needs to be if he is to achieve his ultimate goal: becoming the sport’s highest paid athlete ever.

“When I first started, the aim was to become a multi-millionaire,” Joshua recently told GQ. “But now there are ordinary people, grandmas and granddads, who are worth millions just because of property prices.

“So the new school of thought is that I need to be a billionaire. Being a millionaire is good, but you have to set your sights higher. If I’m making £10 million from my next fight, my next target has to be making 10 times that. And if I get to £100m-150m, why not go for the billion? I know self-made billionaires. It’s hard, but it’s possible. — Daily Mail

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