Anthony Joshua has accepted Tyson Fury’s offer to train him and even wants to alienate his heavyweight rival.
The British pair were finally set to fight this summer, until Fury was ordered by an arbitrator to honor his contracted trilogy bout with Deontay Wilder instead.
He later scored a dramatic 11th-round KO of 36-year-old Wilder, but two weeks earlier, 32-year-old Joshua was dethroned by Oleksandr Usyk.
Fury, 33, then offered to coach AJ with his trainer, Sugarhill Stewards, for Joshua’s expected rematch with 34-year-old Usyk the following year.
And the former champion has welcomed the Gypsy King to his camp and is even ready to share the ring with him behind closed doors.
Joshua IFL TV: “Yeah dear friend. If he doesn’t get money for it. I don’t know if he’s after a quid or two.
“He is more than welcome to come through the door, he can play with me too. I need a coach who has lived it, breathed it, so it will be perfect.
“That would be the easiest way to get him in the ring. I’ll put up a camera, Eddie.” [Hearn] Will be with some cameras running it on Facebook or YouTube.”
Joshua has only left Fury once, in the now infamous 2010 season, when he was still an amateur.
AJ offered his services before the Gypsy King defeated Wilder in their rematch last year, but it did not materialise.
Joshua, an avid boxing historian, has no fear in welcoming Fury to his camp.
He said: “I’m looking at pictures with Sugar Ray Robinson, Joe Louis, Archie Moore, Muhammad Ali, all sitting together, at each other’s training camps.
“I feel like I’ve been framed a lot. Come to my training camp, come and see what the heavyweight champion does.
“Tyson can definitely come and watch me train, 100 percent.
“The brawl isn’t the fight, so he can definitely come in, he’s most welcome to step into the gym and give me some tips.
“I’m not fighting him beyond that anyway so he has nothing to worry about.”