Anthony Joshua has invited Floyd Mayweather Jr and Wladimir Klitschko to help him prepare for his showdown with Tyson Fury.
Joshua and Fury have now agreed a site deal for their summer bout which will crown the heavyweight division’s first undisputed champion since Lennox Lewis.
Mayweather was ringside to watch Joshua defend his world titles against IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev at the end of last year and revealed in March a potential link-up with ‘AJ’ was on the way.
‘I look forward to working with Joshua real soon, we talk all the time,’ Mayweather said.
Joshua has now welcomed such talk, noting that: ‘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.’
Joshua shared an epic encounter with Klitschko in 2017, climbing off the canvas to stop the veteran in the 11th round at Wembley Stadium.
Prior to their battle, Joshua, still very much a prospect, sparred with Klitschko in the lead-up to the Ukrainian’s fight with Pulev in 2014 with the two still sharing a good relationship.
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