Anthony Joshua is preparing for his rematch with Oleksandr Usyk after being comprehensively beaten by the Ukrainian in their first title bout at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium.
But the former champion has rebuffed Tyson Fury‘s tongue-in-cheek offer to train him for the rematch by suggesting that there isn’t anything to learn from Fury.
This comment comes in the wake of Fury having statistically the greatest run as a British heavyweight champion since Lennox Lewis, defeating Deontay Wilder twice, before sensationally knocking Dillian Whyte out in his comeback fight in the UK.
Fury has maintained that he is now retired from professional boxing, although there is a suspicion that he will accept a money-spinning fight with the winner of Joshua vs Usyk II and take home a record purse for a British heavyweight.
“Is there something I can learn from him [Fury]? Honestly, no, I don’t think so,” Joshua told The Mirror.
“For a guy who’s retired, go and have a beer, relax, go and help people in need, what are you talking about?
“He has an interesting character, but I wouldn’t take his help, I’ve done my thing, he’s done his thing and good luck to him in what he’s doing.”
Joshua, though, has lost his heavyweight belts twice through defeats to Usyk and Andy Ruiz Jr whilst Fury has never lost his belts through a defeat, only having to surrender his titles due to disputes with various associations.
Joshua has reshuffled his team
With all this being said, Joshua has reshuffled his team ahead of the fight with Usyk, breaking off a career-long relationship with Rob McCracken, and hiring Robert Garcia in his place.
Garcia will be entrusted with shaping Joshua‘s strategy for the rematch against the Ukrainian, who was so much better technically that Joshua in the first fight.