Anthony Joshua could win some top-level training partners ahead of his planned heavyweight title bout against Tyson Fury after saying that contributions from Floyd Mayweather and Wladimir Klitschko are “always welcome”.
Joshua and Fury, the two fighters who hold all the marbles in boxing heavyweight, remain in crunch talks before a title win between the two Brits is proposed this summer.
There have been several delays in organizing the bout since it turned out to be the first time it started almost a year ago. The recent delay should focus on a delay in securing a location for the highly anticipated megafight.
Joshua seems to be preparing for it, however, as if the fight is a certainty amid reports that Saudi Arabia will most likely host it – and he has called on some of the greats in the sport to help prepare.
There is perhaps no better tutor than one of boxing’s biggest names, the undefeated Floyd Mayweather, who has recently become an avowed fan of Joshua.
“I’m looking forward to working with Joshua soon – we talk all the time,” Watford-born award fighter Mayweather said of the Disruptive Entrepreneur podcast.
“It’s a very interesting fight. Anthony Joshua has a lot of experience and Tyson Fury has a lot of experience too. But with Anthony Joshua losing a fight [to Andy Ruiz Jr]it helped him get stronger.
“I’ve met Tyson Fury a couple of times; he’s a great guy and he’s very interesting. After the fight, I like to see him sing … I haven’t seen him fight often.
“I’ve seen him fight Deontay Wilder twice, but it’s a very fascinating match. You can never tell what will happen in boxing. Both guys are great competitors.”
Should Mayweather be willing to donate his time, Joshua says he will gratefully accept it.
“He’s a great man. To have someone like this with the boxing brain, you have to be with fighters as a boxer,” said Joshua of the 50-0 icon.
“Footballers have to be near footballers, boxers have to be near boxers. Lions stay near lions – lions don’t hang out with sheep, do they?
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“Good boxers have to stick with better boxers to get better, so I definitely had him.”
Joshua also opened the door to a number of top names in the sport to aid him in his preparation – including the man he defeated four years ago to take the heavyweight crown, Wladimir Klitschko.
“I would have George Foreman, Evander Holyfield, Roberto Duran, Tommy Hearns, and Sugar Ray Leonard.
“Mayweather, 100 percent. And Wladimir Klitschko, he’s always welcome.
“And it’s inspiration for the kids in [Joshua’s London] Gym too because this gym is an amateur gym for the community so it would be good to have them down here. “
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