Anthony Joshua has made it clear that he would welcome the likes of Floyd Mayweather and Wladimir Klitschko to train him for his eventual showdown with fellow Brit, Tyson Fury for the undisputed heavyweight crown.
As at time of this writing, the fight still has not been officially confirmed despite reassurance from Eddie Hearn that the fight is close to being so. When that time will come, who knows. But the recent news that Joshua’s trainer Robert McCracken will not be able to attend the corner of the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO champion may cause Joshua to seek the training services of somebody else. McCracken has an obligation to head to Tokyo with the Great Britain boxing team for the Olympics which will take place around the same time.
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.”
Mayweather, himself, commented on the situation.
“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.”
Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko has already worked with Anthony Joshua, having been asked to help improve his boxing ability for his rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr. The results were obvious in both Joshua’s rematch with Ruiz and his world title defence against Kubrat Pulev. The Watford born fighter has been boxing behind his jab more, waiting for a knockout to come more naturally rather than seeking it out which backfired on him during his original fight with Ruiz. Adopting the clinch when hit clean is also evident. It may not be good for the fans to watch. But it will no doubt prolong the career of the former gold medallist.
I do not really have any issue if Anthony replaced McCracken with Wladimir Klitschko for the Fury bout. However, Floyd Mayweather’s potential as a trainer is largely unknown. Floyd, himself, said last year that he is new to the world of boxing training but that he is confident that he will become one of the best trainers boxing has ever seen. A bold statement!
I am not sure about you. But I would be a tad concerned if Mayweather came onboard, especially as the fight with Tyson Fury will be Joshua’s biggest career fight to date. In fact, I do not think it could ever get any bigger! For either guy.
Considering that other names were mentioned such as Sugar Ray Leonard and George Foreman, context is probably important here. And it is possible that Anthony was just throwing some famous names out there for hypothetical purposes.
Whoever will actually end up in the multi-belted champion’s corner remains to be seen. But the speculation leading up to the reveal should be interesting from here on out!