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Floyd Mayweather offers to coach Anthony Joshua for Oleksandr Usyk’s rematch – but could AJ step aside to let Tyson Fury fight the Ukrainian?


Floyd Mayweather has once again offered to train Anthony Joshua after targeting a sneaky dig on Rob McCracken ahead of his rematch with Oleksandr Usyk.

The 50-0 superstar watched events unfold in London in September as the Ukrainian colossus snatched the heavyweight world titles from Joshua with a clinical boxing display.

Joshua was well beaten by Usyk on September 25
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Wasting absolutely nothing, the 34-year-old parted Joshua from various angles and used his vast amateur experience to escape the tallest and most powerful champion.

Although Joshua triggered his immediate rematch clause, there is some confusion over whether or not he will step down and allow WBC champion Tyson Fury to fight for the undisputed title.

If he did, it would give the 32-year-old more time to prepare for the next opponent and give him more time to make decisions regarding his coaching staff, with rumors of American coaches being recruited.

Mayweather watched Joshua systematically break Kubrat Pulev in London last year and offered to ‘change’ the Briton’s style if he were to leave coach McCracken.

Floyd Mayweather offers to coach Anthony Joshua for Oleksandr Usyk’s rematch – but could AJ step aside to let Tyson Fury fight the Ukrainian?
McCracken still trains AJ in professional play, but has come under intense scrutiny
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Talk tojournalistsin California, Mayweather said, “I told him from the start, I came on the record from the start, I told him to come over and I could teach him some advice.

“Most of the time that’s just my point of view, the same coach you had as an amateur doesn’t always make you a great professional.

“Some guys are great at amateur training and some are great at pro training, and even my dad was the best at pro training.

“In amateurs, he taught me like a professional, so I’m always going to speak the truth, whether people like it or not.

Floyd Mayweather offers to coach Anthony Joshua for Oleksandr Usyk’s rematch – but could AJ step aside to let Tyson Fury fight the Ukrainian?
Mayweather witnessed Joshua’s victory over Kubrat Pulev in December 2020
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“I feel like Anthony Joshua, they go to different coaches and say ‘this coach is going to work with him’.

“But I told him at the start when he was undefeated ‘you have some things you need to work on because if you don’t you can fail.”

Despite what the impostors may have suggested, ‘Money’ insisted that September’s result at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium was not an ‘upset’ given Usyk’s extensive pedigree at the amateur stage.

A 2012 Olympic medalist like Joshua, the Kiev native is a deserving champion and the 44-year-old demanded respect.

Floyd Mayweather offers to coach Anthony Joshua for Oleksandr Usyk’s rematch – but could AJ step aside to let Tyson Fury fight the Ukrainian?
Usyk holds three of the four major world heavyweight title belts
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“It was not an upheaval,” added the 44-year-old. “When you have two guys with that much experience like I said before, it’s just Anthony Joshua was more on TV so everyone saw it.

“Usyk is a hell of a fighter, a gold medalist if I’m not mistaken, but he was behind the scenes.

“You had two guys with an amateur background, and one guy wasn’t seen while the other was, and we called it an upheaval – no, it’s just Usyk was working behind the scenes while Joshua was in front of everyone.

“Finally, they met and Anthony Joshua failed.”



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