Former undisputed heavyweight champion, Mike Tyson has revealed he would welcome Anthony Joshua to train alongside him, ahead of his rematch against Oleksandr Usyk.
Joshua lost his unified heavyweight titles to Usyk with a comprehensive, unanimous decision defeat at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in September, but has activated his rematch clause, with promoter Eddie Hearn eyeing a date in March or April.
The Brit was pictured visiting several coaches during a recent trip to the USA, including Tyson’s former coach, Ronnie Shields, as well as Eddy Reynoso, Robert Garcia and Virgil Hunter.
‘Iron Mike’, who returned to the ring in an exhibition with Roy Jones Jr last November and has been linked with a shock clash against YouTuber, Logan Paul, admits he would be willing to help out the 32-year-old.
Asked if Joshua could train with him, Tyson told ES News: “Absolutely.
“I was talking s*** man, but he’s still a young guy, he’s still got so much to learn.
“He’s going to always be the future man, because he’s just a f****** baby.
“He started late in the game so he’s still learning.
“What he has to know, to be aggressive with his size, he’s got to use that jab, constantly keeping the distance, give himself room to punch.
“Chin down, he’s got his chin up too much.”
Joshua has since confirmed that Robert McCracken will remain as his head trainer, but admits he may look to work with an American coach ahead of the rematch.
“Yeah, and he has to speak to the people I may want to work with and see if he can work with them,” Joshua told IFLTV.
“I had the same conversation with Rob, ‘I want to work with you, but I also want to work with this guy for six months’.
“Rob might tell me, ‘You know what champ, this ain’t working for me. For the next six months, you do your thing and come and see me after.’
“It’s mature conversations. My life, my health is on the line.”