Anthony Joshua proves he’s people’s champion as he spends time learning sign language with two adoring fans

ANTHONY JOSHUA lets his hands do the talking – but in more ways than you’d think.

After completing a training session at the Finchley and District Amateur Boxing Club on Wednesday morning, the heavyweight champion was greeted by two fans.

 SunSport's exclusive images show WBO, WBA and IBF heavyweight champ Anthony Joshua learning sign language from fans

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SunSport's exclusive images show WBO, WBA and IBF heavyweight champ Anthony Joshua learning sign language from fans

The women had stood in the Barnet car park for three hours in searing heat to meet the big-punching Briton.

But they were rewarded for their wait.

When Joshua emerged, he placed his gear in the back of his customised black Range Rover and then proved his self-given title of ‘man of the people.’

The unified heavyweight champion returned to greet the women, and the usual selfies and autographs followed – but with a surprise twist.

 The heavyweight champion had just completed a training session at the Finchley and District Amateur Boxing Club

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The heavyweight champion had just completed a training session at the Finchley and District Amateur Boxing Club
 Gleeful fans had waited three hours in the searing heat to meet the 28-year-old champ, who is expected to face Alexander Povetkin in September

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Gleeful fans had waited three hours in the searing heat to meet the 28-year-old champ, who is expected to face Alexander Povetkin in September

Over the next 10 minutes, Joshua took the time to learn how to speak in sign language and performed a message to camera.

The moment backed up Joshua’s words, that he is humble boxer, a down-to-Earth champion, a man of the people.

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 AJ, who beat Joseph Parker in his last bout in March, took the time out to learn sign language and proved himself to be a humble champion

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AJ, who beat Joseph Parker in his last bout in March, took the time out to learn sign language and proved himself to be a humble champion
 Posing for photos, the Watford fighter needed no help in this message of sign language

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Posing for photos, the Watford fighter needed no help in this message of sign language
 Joshua is known to spend hours meeting fans and posing for photographs

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Joshua is known to spend hours meeting fans and posing for photographs

He is no stranger to spending hours in the ring after fights meeting many fans and posing for as many photos as possible.

And Joshua looked relaxed as his team and promoter Eddie Hearn negotiate with WBC champion Deontay Wilder over a unification fight.

But AJ’s next bout looks set to be against 38-year-old Russian Alexander Povetkin.

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 Promoter Eddie Hearn says Joshua is likely to fight Russian Alexander Povetkin later this year

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Promoter Eddie Hearn says Joshua is likely to fight Russian Alexander Povetkin later this year

Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn said: “We want to fight in September but September doesn't work with Wilder because of [his broadcaster] Showtime.

“All I can say is that I think the Wilder fight will get signed but it's whether we fight Povetkin first.

“If Povetkin is September then Wilder probably won't happen until February.”

For now, Joshua is keeping himself strong and fit at the gym where it all began as he waits.

But when that next fight is finally decided, AJ's trash-talking may just come in a different form.

 Joshua's last outing in the ring was in April when he beat Joseph Parker to win the WBO title

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Joshua's last outing in the ring was in April when he beat Joseph Parker to win the WBO title
 Negotiations are currently ongoing for a unification bout between Joshua and Deontay Wilder

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Negotiations are currently ongoing for a unification bout between Joshua and Deontay Wilder
 Promoter Eddie Hearn says Joshua is more likely to take on Alexander Povetkin

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Promoter Eddie Hearn says Joshua is more likely to take on Alexander Povetkin

Anthony Joshua and Vladimir Klitschko filming documentary at Wembley a year after huge fight took place

ANTHONY JOSHUA lets his hands do the talking – but in more ways than you’d think.