Anthony Joshua has revealed he pulled off one of Floyd Mayweather’s “signature moves” in his recent win over Kubrat Pulev as the boxing legend watched on from ringside.
Joshua retained his IBF, WBA ‘Super’ and WBO heavyweight titles by knocking out Pulev inside nine rounds of their battle on December 12, which was the last-remaining obstacle blocking his path to a lucrative showdown with Tyson Fury.
Moments before the Brit walked to the ring, Mayweather stunned fans by rocking up as a last-minute guest at Wembley Arena and taking a seat at ringside.
The former five-weight world champion watched AJ claim an explosive victory in London before venturing backstage, where he reportedly shared some of his wisdom.
And Joshua says he even managed to pay tribute to Mayweather during the fight, emulating the 50-0 icon by producing one of his famous “pull-counter” shots against Pulev.
“It was the first time we were allowed fans back and Mayweather was in the stadium,” Joshua said on his personal YouTube channel.
“It was an honour to have him in the house. I respect him highly for what he has achieved.
“He came to see me perform and I pulled off one of his favourite moves – the pull-counter.
“If you watch boxing you will know that is one of Mayweather's signature moves.”
Mayweather mastered the art of the pull-counter in his own glittering career, which involves dodging an opponent’s punch before immediately firing back with a backhand shot of your own.
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The American, widely considered one of the greatest fighters of all time, is a big fan of Joshua and waxed lyrical about Britain’s unified world heavyweight champion as he arrived at Wembley Arena.
“I’m proud of Joshua. He is one of the best heavyweights out there,” Mayweather told Sky Sports on the night.
“He won [an Olympic] gold medal, his career is going great, a two-time heavyweight champion. He is a hell of a fighter.
“He is a gentleman and I enjoy his craft.”
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