WBA, WBO, IBF, IBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua would love to have Floyd Mayweather and Wladimir Klitschko at his training camp to help prepare him for his unification with WBC champion Tyson Fury.
Joshua and Fury are finalizing the details for their upcoming showdown, which is being targeted for the summer – with Saudi Arabia as the frontrunner to host. Dates in late July and early August are being pursued for the first encounter.
Both boxers are in agreement on a two fight series.
Joshua is looking to leave no stone unturned when it comes to his training camp for Fury – which is why he’d like to have fighters like Mayweather and Klitschko in the gym.
In 2017, Joshua stopped Klitschko in the eleventh round of a war that saw both boxers hit the deck.
Since their memorable battle, the two heavyweights have become good friends and communicate on a regular basis.
Mayweather, a five division champion and regarded as one of the greatest defensive boxers of this era, is a big supporter of Joshua.
“[Mayweather is] a great man. To have someone like that with the boxing brain – you need to be around fighters as a boxer,” Joshua told Pep Talk UK.
“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 percent.
“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.”