Anthony Joshua splashes out £2,000 to spend four days alone in pitch black room to 'spend time with his subconscious'

20 October 2023, 19:24

Anthony Joshua
Anthony Joshua. Picture: Getty

By Kit Heren

Anthony Joshua has paid £2,000 for the privilege of spending four days alone in a pitch black room.

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The British boxer said he wanted to "embrace the darkness and solitude" so he could "relax and clear the mind".

Joshua, 34, is part of a growing trend of elite sportspeople seeking to spend time in pitch darkness. NFL star Aaron Rodgers had a similar experience to help with meditation and improve his mental state.

Joshua's four-day experience came to an end on Friday.

Before he went in, he said: "Myself and [my friend] are about to embrace the darkness and solitude for four days (separate rooms).'Isolated with nothing to do except relax and clear the mind while being immersed in infinite darkness."

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Anthony Joshua
Anthony Joshua. Picture: Getty

Discussing what he expected to experience on the retreat, Joshua said: "There is so much stored in the subconscious,

"What's the worst that can happen? The worst is death so if it doesn't do that, all good.

"I said to them I was a bit scared and he said that's a good thing. By October 20, I will be one of the coolest people, coming out after sitting for four days in the dark."

New York Jets quarterback Rodgers, 39. said the experience "was a great reset for me, for my body and my mind".

Aaron Rodgers
Aaron Rodgers. Picture: Getty

He added: "Maybe a little bit longer than I needed. I feel like by the time I got to the fourth day, I was like, ''Alright, I'm ready to come out".'

Joshua is one of Britain's most successful boxers of recent years. He is a two-time former unified world heavyweight champion, and a former Olympic champion, although he has lost three fights in the past four years.

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