Anthony Joshua invites Floyd Mayweather and Wladimir Klitschko to help him prepare for Tyson Fury as Saudi Arabia emerges as front-runner for August showdown
Anthony Joshua has welcomed the inclusion of Wladimir Klitschko and Floyd Mayweather Jr as part of his preparations for his world heavyweight title fight with Tyson Fury.
The 2012 Olympic Gold medallist is set to challenge ‘The Gypsy King’ for all of the heavyweight titles in the summer, with Saudi Arabia seemingly the frontrunner.
The consensus amongst fans and experts is that Joshua is the less refined boxer of the two, but carries more explosive power and athletic attributes.
Fury is certainly a tricky customer as Klitschko can attest to after their 2015 bout, while he proved he has the power to trouble anyone in the division when he wrenched the WBC and Ring Magazine world titles from Deontay Wilder last February.
And Mayweather, who came to London to watch Joshua beat Kubrat Pulev in December, cannot wait to work with the Brit again.
“I look forward to working with Joshua real soon, we talk all the time’, Mayweather told the Disruptive Entrepreneur Podcast.
“It’s a very interesting fight. Anthony Joshua has a lot of experience and Tyson Fury as well has a lot of experience but with Anthony Joshua losing a fight [to Andy Ruiz Jr], it helped him become stronger.
“I met Tyson Fury on a few occasions; he’s great guy and very interesting. After the fight I like to see him sing… I haven’t seen him fight a lot of times.
“I’ve seen him fight twice, against Deontay Wilder, but it’s a very intriguing match-up. You can never say what’s going to happen in the sport of boxing. Both guys are great competitors.”
Fury has never lost as a professional, while Joshua’s sole defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr in 2019 was avenged with a clinical performance.
The closest he had come to defeat before that night in New York was against Klitschko, who dropped the 31-year-old for the first time in his career during their epic battle at Wembley in 2017.
And the Watford-native would be more than happy to welcome the Ukrainian and the 50-0 superstar into his camp before the clash with Fury, perhaps the most enigmatic fighter of this generation.
Regarding Mayweather’s comments, AJ told Pep Talk UK: “He’s a great man. To have someone like that with the boxing brain – you need to be around fighters as a boxer.
“Footballers need to be around footballers, boxers need to be around boxers. Lions stay around lions, lions don’t hang around with sheep, do they? Good boxers need to stay around better boxers in order to get better, so I’d definitely have him.
“I’d have George Foreman, Evander Holyfield, Roberto Duran, Tommy Hearns, Sugar Ray Leonard. Mayweather, 100 per cent. And Wladimir Klitschko, he’s always welcome.
“And it’s inspiration for the kids in this gym as well because this gym is an amateur gym for the community, so yeah it’d be good to have them down here.
“Mayweather’s more than welcome.”