Anthony Joshua welcomes Floyd Mayweather link-up ahead of Tyson Fury fight and invites Wladimir Klitschko to join him in training

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Anthony Joshua told Floyd Mayweather he’d be ‘more than welcome’ to join him in the gym during his preparations for the Tyson Fury fight.

AJ’s undisputed heavyweight showdown with Fury is expected to be announced this coming week, with a Saudi Arabia site deal now being finalised.

Mayweather attended Joshua’s win over Kubrat Pulev in December

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Mayweather attended Joshua’s win over Kubrat Pulev in December

When asked about the clash last month, Mayweather said to the Disruptive Entrepreneur podcast: “I look forward to working with Joshua real soon, we talk all the time.

“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.”

AJ celebrated with Mayweather after KOing Pulev

AJ celebrated with Mayweather after KOing Pulev

Regarding Mayweather’s comments, AJ has now 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.

Fury and Mayweather have also met previously

Fury and Mayweather have also met previously

“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.”

Fury, meanwhile, has spent time in Las Vegas with the man who beat Joshua in dramatic fashion in 2019.

Both he and Ruiz attended a charity event where they told stories of their title triumphs.





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