“He’s More Than Welcome”- Anthony Joshua Eager to Train With Tyson Fury

Published 10/27/2021, 7:00 AM EDT


Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury ruled the heavyweight scene for a brief period until Joshua suffered his second pro-defeat against Usyk in September. The loss ended the hopes for an All-English clash between him and Fury. However, the alluring matchup is still on people’s minds.

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Following Joshua’s loss, several people chimed in and threw shade on the former champion. While Tyson Fury was expected to do the same, he offered to assist Joshua at the gym. ‘The Gypsy King’ claimed he can assure Anthony Joshua’s win over Usyk in the rematch if AJ ropes him in for the training.

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Meanwhile, Anthony Joshua has passed a green signal to the idea. In a lengthy chat with Kugan Cassius of iFL TV, ‘AJ’ responded to Fury’s offer.

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“He’s more than welcome to come through the door. He can even spar with me… That’d be the easiest way to get him in the ring… He’s more than welcome to step into the gym and give me some tips,” said Anthony Joshua. (H/T:- Michael Benson)

Anthony Joshua is seeking to expand his training team after losing the titles to Usyk. He flew down to the USA and met several people. From Canelo Alvarez’s team to Mike Tyson’s ex-coach Ronnie Shields, Joshua has variant options on his table. As he is about to step up for the toughest challenge of his career, it is imperative that he infuses certain changes.

What went wrong with Anthony Joshua in the first fight?

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Going against a southpaw master-mind, Joshua tried to outbox Usyk. It didn’t sit well as the Ukrainian star landed in constant jabs. Being an elite KO-artist, Anthony Joshua should have rushed for a stoppage. However, he wasn’t able to keep up with the Ukrainian’s sharp and swift movements. As the rounds went by, Usyk became even sharper and Joshua looked bleak.

Boxing – WBA, IBF & WBO Heavyweight Titles – Anthony Joshua v Oleksandr Usyk – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, Britain – September 25, 2021 Anthony Joshua in action against Oleksandr Usyk Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

The British boxer tried to regroup. However, he had absorbed a lot of damage at that time. Following the 12-rounds war, Joshua seemed exhausted. Despite giving his all, he lost the fight via decision in what came as an absolute shock.

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Hence, he knows that he should have worked on his speed and used it to catch ‘The Cat’ with a fight-ending punch. Having identified the errors, he knows what he needs to fix. Tyson Fury could be the solution to all his problems.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. Combining his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports, he has earned a combined 3000 plus bylines over the last two years.

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