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Floyd Mayweather Seen Training Anthony Joshua In Dubai Ahead Of Oleksandr Usyk Rematch

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Floyd Mayweather Seen Training Anthony Joshua In Dubai Ahead Of Oleksandr Usyk Rematch

Anthony Joshua has drafted in the help of all-time great Floyd Mayweather as he continues his preparations for his expected rematch with Oleksandr Usyk.

Joshua lost his WBA, WBO and IBF world heavyweight titles to Usyk in September after being thoroughly outclassed by the Ukrainian, with the pair expected to face each other in a rematch later this year.

While the fight is yet to be officially confirmed, Joshua has been maintaining his fitness levels in a training camp in Dubai alongside the likes of Chris Eubank Jr and Lawrence Okolie.

Joshua was beaten by Oleksandr Usyk in September (Image: Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing)
Joshua was beaten by Oleksandr Usyk in September (Image: Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing)
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The British fighter has been working with a number of different coaches and has now enlisted the help of five-weight world champion Mayweather.

Joshua posted a short video to his Instagram story on Friday which showed him hitting a heavy bag with Mayweather watching on.

He posted the video alongside the caption: “The best to do it and always helping the next generation.

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“Big respect champ.”

Mayweather previously offered to help train Joshua ahead of his next fight.

The pair are expected to face each other in a rematch later this year (Image: PA)
The pair are expected to face each other in a rematch later this year (Image: PA)

Speaking last month, the American said: “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.

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"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.

"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'.

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Mayweather has visited Joshua's training camp in Dubai (Image: Alamy)
Mayweather has visited Joshua's training camp in Dubai (Image: Alamy)

"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'."

Joshua is expected to face Usyk in either March or April with the winner of the fight potentially facing WBC champion Tyson Fury in a unification bout later this year.

Fury was set to defend his title against Dillian Whyte early this year but negotiations over the all-British clash have stalled, with Whyte's camp reportedly demanding £7.5m for the fight.

Featured Image Credit: Instagram: Anthony Joshua

Topics: Anthony Joshua, Floyd Mayweather, Oleksandr Usyk, Boxing, Heavyweight Boxing

Rory O'Callaghan
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