Anthony Joshua praised 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 medalist is set to challenge “The Gypsy King” for all heavyweight titles this summer, with Saudi Arabia apparently in the lead.
The consensus among fans and experts alike is that Joshua is the less refined boxer of the two, but possesses more explosive power and athletic attributes.
Fury is certainly a delicate client as Klitschko can attest after their 2015 fight, as he proved he has the power to upset anyone in the division when he snatched the WBC and Ring Magazine world titles. at Deontay Wilder last February.
And Mayweather, who came to London to watch Joshua beat Kubrat Pulev in December, is looking forward to working with the Briton again.
“I look forward to working with Joshua very 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 also has a lot of experience, but Anthony Joshua lost a fight [to Andy Ruiz Jr], it helped him get stronger.
“I have met Tyson Fury a few times; he is a great and very interesting guy. 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 game. You can never tell what is going to happen in the sport of boxing. Both guys are great competitors.
Fury has never lost as a professional, while Joshua’s only loss to Andy Ruiz Jr in 2019 was avenged by 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 in 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 to his camp ahead of the clash with Fury, perhaps the most enigmatic fighter of this generation.
Regarding Mayweather’s comments, AJ said Pep Talk United Kingdom: “That’s a great man. To have someone like that with boxing brains, you have to be surrounded by fighters as a boxer.
“Footballers must be surrounded by footballers, boxers must be surrounded by boxers. Lions stay close to lions, lions don’t hang out with sheep, do they? Good boxers have to stick with better boxers to get better, so I definitely would.
“I would have George Foreman, Evander Holyfield, Roberto Duran, Tommy Hearns, Sugar Ray Leonard. Mayweather, 100 percent. And Wladimir Klitschko, he is always welcome.
“And that’s also an inspiration to the kids at this gym because this gym is an amateur gym for the community, so yeah, it would be nice to have them here.
“Mayweather is more than welcome.”