Floyd Mayweather gives Anthony Joshua a helping hand during a training session in Dubai as the Brit gears up to try and win back his world heavyweight titles in huge rematch with Oleksandr Usyk
- Anthony Joshua lost his heavyweight belts to Oleksandr Usyk in September
- Part of his preparations for their rematch has seen Brit travel to the Middle East
- Undefeated boxing legend Floyd Mayweather was in his company on Friday
- Joshua’s rematch against the Ukrainian has been slated for early spring this year
Floyd Mayweather was at close quarters to observe Anthony Joshua’s training session in the Middle East, with the latter praising the legendary fighter for his help.
Two-time unified world heavyweight champion Joshua will face Oleksandr Usyk again this year, having lost his heavyweight belts to the Ukrainian in September last year.
Part of his preparation for the fight has seen him travel to Dubai and the Binous gym alongside fellow fighters Lawrence Okolie and Chris Eubank Jr.
Floyd Mayweather was at close quarters to observe Anthony Joshua’s training session
The unbeaten boxing legend saw the Brit do a session at the Binous gym after travelling to Dubai
Joshua (R) lost his heavyweight belts to the Ukrainian (L) in north London in September 2021
But undefeated boxing legend Mayweather was also in his company on Friday and the former WBA, IBF and WBO champion took to social media for the wisdom the 44-year-old had imparted.
Joshua captioned a clip on his Instagram story of him punching a hanging aqua bag with: ‘The best to do it and always helping the next generation. Big respect champ.’
In the series of videos on his story, Joshua was shown also seen warming up with personal trainer Sina Ghami, who was holding a towel to imitate punches being thrown by an opponent while Joshua moved under it.
Then he moved on to hitting the hanging bag with a variety of shots, including powerful hooks and strong uppercuts, with Mayweather observing his punches close by.
Mayweather (R) offered to help the Brit tweak his boxing style to become a ‘great professional’
The revelation comes after Mayweather revealed last month he had offered to help the Brit ‘tweak’ his boxing style to become a ‘great professional’.
‘I told him from the beginning, I came on the record from the beginning, I told him to come and I could teach him some pointers,’ Mayweather said.
‘A lot of the time, this is just my take, the same coach you had as an amateur doesn’t always make you a great professional.
‘Some guys are great at amateur coaching and some guys are great at professional coaching, and even my dad was the best at professional.
Joshua’s rematch against WBA, IBF and WBO champion Usyk has been slated for early spring
‘At the amateurs, he was teaching me like a professional, so I’m going to always speak real whether people like it or not.
‘I feel like Anthony Joshua, they’re going to different coaches and saying ‘this coach is going to work with him’.
‘But I told him at the beginning when he was undefeated ‘you’ve got some things you need to tweak because if you don’t then you may come up short’.’
But Mayweather is one of many to watch Joshua in training since his defeat by Usyk.
Joshua has spoken to potential new trainers after a decade working with Rob McCracken (R)
Following that defeat, Joshua embarked on a US roadtrip, speaking to potential new trainers after a decade working under Rob McCracken at the headquarters of GB Boxing in Sheffield.
Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn claimed last month Joshua will announce his team for the Usyk rematch – slated for April – in the next few weeks.
Hearn hopes AJ will regain his titles in another UK stadium fight – most likely at Wembley or at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, the site of the first fight in September.
The winner of Joshua-Usyk II is primed to face the victor of Tyson Fury vs Dillian Whyte for the undisputed heavyweight title.
Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn (R) hopes AJ will regain his titles in another UK stadium fight