According to a tweet posted by TalkSport’s online boxing editor Michael Benson, Joshua didn’t believe that his friend and backroom team member Constant could complete the quarter-century of pull-ups and bet him £10,000 he couldn’t rise to the challenge.
It is no more news that Anthony Joshua will bid to win back his WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight titles when he meets Ruiz Jr for a second time in Saudi Arabia on December 7.
But Joshua’s team looked in relaxed mood in a video posted from their training camp, which showed Constant trying to complete 25 wide-grip pull-ups in response to a challenge from the former Olympic boxing champ.
During Wednesday’s session in Sheffield, Joshua vowed to splash the cash if Jonathan Constant could do 25 wide grip pull-ups.
Andrew Tabiti, who has been flown in from America to help prepare AJ for Ruiz, was the judge of the competition.
Constant looked like he had nothing left in the tank after the 20th rep, but managed to grind out the final five.
He shared the clip to his Instagram page, with the caption: “So @anthonyjoshua @umarkamani challenged me £10,000 for 25 wide grip pulls up. Say no more. Nando’s on me.
“@andrew_tabiti official judge. #easymoney #payday #anthonyjoshua #sensational.” After losing his hard-earned cash, Joshua jogged away in disbelief before he attempted to hide on the floor.
The former WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO title holder shouted: “I’m hiding, I’m hiding.”
Writing on Instagram, one fan said: “The best clip I’ve seen so far this year. Damn straight pay up boys!” Another added: “Barely broke a sweat.”
But it’ll be straight back to business for Joshua as he prepares to redeem his reputation against the Mexican champion.