Anthony Joshua ready to do 'it all again' after Usyk loss
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Mike Tyson says he would “be honoured” to train former world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua. The Briton has been in the States speaking to coaches as he prepares for his 2022 rematch with Oleksandr Usyk.
Joshua is set to face Usyk in a rematch for the titles he lost to the Ukranian at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in September.
‘Iron Mike’ met with AJ’s promoter Eddie Hearn at Canelo Alvarez’s fight with Caleb Plant in Las Vegas this past weekend.
When it was suggested he could work with the 2012 Olympic champion, Tyson told ES News: “That’d be an honour. Not to fight, but to help each other – that’d be awesome.
“He has so much potential, he should not be depressed. Him and (Deontay) Wilder should not be depressed and give up on the world.”
Tyson previously told The Sun he plans to return to the ring next February, and would be willing to fight Logan Paul, or even his younger brother Jake.
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“That is the fight for the money. Those are the money-making fights, those guys got 35 million people to watch,” he said in 2020.
“Yes. Hell, I would fight them. They would fight me. That would make a lot of money. Hundred million dollars, they do anything, they don’t mind getting beat up for a hundred million dollars.”
Joshua also held a meeting with Tyson’s former trainer Ronnie Shields last month, who was also open to the idea of helping the Watford local.
He told Thaboxingvoice: “They reached out to me and they asked if I would be interested in taking a look at AJ and that he wanted to come down to Texas and see if things would work out between him and I.
“I said, ‘No problem, I would love to see if we had a connection together’.
He added: “It would be great to get him to reclaim the world titles he lost to Usyk and I think I’ve got the capabilities to help him do that.
“For me it’s about the game plan. We talked about a lot of stuff and we watched a few rounds of the Usyk fight together. I pointed out a few things that he should have done but he didn’t do.
“I think our chemistry was really good but I’m not going to lose sleep over [whether he chooses me].”
Hearn explained the reasons behind Joshua’s trips to the States and meeting with new trainers.
“I was involved in most of the meetings out here (in the States)”, he told Boxing News.
“They weren’t interviews, they were just watching, looking around, learning, talking to great minds. I think it was pretty good for him, I think the change of scenery will do him good to be honest with you.
“He’s been in Sheffield for  years. The problem in there is that he’s god. And when you’re God are going to be worked like a dog? That’s sometimes what you need. He works unbelievably hard but everyone does look at him and they’re like, ‘You are God.’
“You come in here [to an American gym], it is so different. It’s draining for him in the UK. I think it’d really freshen him up out here and I think this is where he should base camp.”
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