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Joshua vs Klitschko: Austrian training camp remains ideal for Wladimir Klitschko, says Johnny Nelson
Last Updated: 05/04/17 3:45pm
Johnny Nelson believes a fighter's training base is "what works best for each individual" and the Austrian location chosen by Wladimir Klitschko is proof of that.
The Ukrainian challenger is currently in camp in Wilden Kaiser ahead of his April 29 fight at Wembley Stadium against Anthony Joshua, live on Sky Sports Box Office, and Nelson feels this is the best place for the former heavyweight champion to prepare.
"It's down to the individual where you train," he told Sky Sports News HQ from the base close to the German border in eastern Austria.
I prefer the heat where it is harder to drag it out of you.
"For Klitschko, I think this sets him up mentally, if you have to get up in the freezing cold every morning, having to motivate yourself mentally as well as physically.
"Some guys like situations like this. I prefer the heat where it is harder to drag it out of you, where you've got sparring partners of all shapes and sizes, when you're tired, training under the sun."
Joshua has chosen to train at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield under the guidance of head trainer Robert McCracken, but Nelson draws no comparisons to the Klitschko set-up, citing each fighter as different in their training preferences.
"He loves training in Sheffield," he said.
"He will leave London and isolate himself. That is the best place for him. You could put him in Austria and he wouldn't be happy despite the beautiful surroundings.
"I'm sure his performance will be just as good. He will look just as fit and as fiery on April 29."
Watch Anthony Joshua vs Wladimir Klitschko, from Wembley Stadium, live on Sky Sports Box Office, on April 29.