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

ANTHONY JOSHUA has been honing his shooting skills ahead of his rematch with Ukraine assassin Oleksandr Usyk with laser tag sessions.

Watford’s 32-year-old heavyweight hero lost his WBA, IBF and WBO titles to the southpaw sharpshooter in September.


And he has been on training tours of America and Dubai looking for a new training regime to help him refocus for the Spring shot at recapturing his belts.

The 2012 Olympic icon trained with Floyd Mayweather last week but enjoyed some fun with friends at the Xstrike entertainment centre on Monday night.

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

And he did not enjoy the vibration belt that buzzed around his waist when shot by a rival.

But if it helps him improve his eye and reflexes for the must-win rerun then it will have been well worth boosting his armoury with the session.

AJ has been putting in the hours training at the giant Binous gym in the Al Quoz region of Dubai, with the Xstrike centre just a five minute drive away.

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

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

Promoter Eddie Hearn claimed last month that AJ will make a public announcement regarding his team for the Usyk rematch in the New Year.

And it looks unlikely he will remain in the UK where his contribution to British sport has made him too much of a hero to be properly challenged.

The Matchroom boss said: “I feel it might be time to move on from that environment because when you’ve been there since you were 18 and you go into GB and Anthony Joshua is everywhere, he’s a god.

“I just feel it’s time to rough him up a little bit, not in log cabins in the middle of nowhere. But up there it’s ‘Oh my God, it’s AJ!’ because they’re proud of him.

“It’s not just about who’s training him, it’s about where that’s going to take place.

“He’s talking to people and I think he will make a decision early in the new year.”

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