Anthony Joshua preparing for ‘versatile’ Tyson Fury as coach reveals AJ is training with ‘wonderful energy’ after arch heavyweight rivals sign £200m two-fight contract for mammoth unification
- Anthony Joshua’s trainer says the Brit is preparing for a ‘versatile’ Tyson Fury
- AJ and Fury have signed a £200m two-fight deal for all the heavyweight belts
- Undefeated Fury’s unorthodox style has proved a problem too tricky for his rivals
- But Joby Clayton says AJ will have plans in place to de-rail the Gypsy King
- Clayton added that Joshua is training with ‘wonderful energy’ ahead of the bout
Anthony Joshua is preparing for a ‘versatile’ Tyson Fury, his trainer has revealed, after the pair’s £200m unification bout moved closer to fruition this week.
Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed to Sportsmail on Monday that all the paperwork for British boxing’s biggest ever clash has been completed, exchanged and signed for two mega-fights, with the first scheduled for this summer.
A date and venue will be finalised in the next three weeks to a month, with late June or early July the prime options for the opening showdown.
Anthony Joshua is preparing for a ‘versatile’ Tyson Fury ahead of their heavyweight clash
Joshua (left) and Fury (right) have finally signed a £200m two-fight deal to unify the division
The victor will hold all the heavyweight titles, with AJ putting his WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO belts on the line, while Fury will offer up his WBC belt.
And Joby Clayton, who helps train Joshua alongside head trainer Rob McCracken, has said there will be a whole host of weaponry in AJ’s arsenal as he looks to undo the notoriously tricky Gypsy King.
‘It’s never too early to talk about basic game-plans,’ Clayton told Sky Sports. ‘We are laying the foundations in preparation for camp.
The Gypsy King has presented a tricky problem to solve for his rivals throughout his career
‘My job is to prepare AJ to his best ability. I know that when AJ is AJ, he’s a handful for anybody.
‘Fury is a very versatile athlete so I am personally focusing on AJ, and what he brings to the table to combat a whole host of techniques and tactics that he might face.
‘The most important thing is that he focuses on himself.’
Fury has already ramped up the mind games ahead of the mammoth unification clash, revealing last weekend that he could drink ’14 pints’ and still beat his British rival.
The Gypsy King also insisted he only needs ‘six or seven weeks’ to prepare for Joshua, who he has long described as a ‘bodybuilder’. Clayton, though, says his man is already putting in big efforts in training.
But AJ’s trainer, Joby Clayton, says that Joshua will have plenty of weaponry in his arsenal
Clayton, who coaches AJ alongside Rob McCracken, praised his star’s ‘wonderful energy’
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‘AJ is doing some wonderful work, training with a wonderful energy. This is a special time in his career. I’m excited to see what the next few months hold.
‘I have a saying; coaches have to get boxers to train, but they have to get champions to rest. We have to make sure AJ rests at the appropriate times because he is so dedicated.’
The Middle East is currently putting up the most enticing proposals to host the first of the two bouts, with Saudi Arabia understood to be leading the way.
The split for the first fight will be an even 50-50, with the winner going on to command 60-40 of the purse for the rematch. Each fighter is bidding to become the first to hold the undisputed crown since Lennox Lewis.
Fury has ramped up the mind games, saying he does not need long to prepare for Joshua
Clayton says that the WBO, WBA and IBF champ is entering a ‘special time’ in his career
Hearn and Fury’s camp, led by Bob Arum and Frank Warren, have received lucrative site proposals from the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, the US and Australia, among others.
Restrictions around the pandemic have long since ruled out the UK as an option for the first fight, but there remains an appetite for the rematch to be held on these shores.
The money-spinning two-fight deal is all set to eclipse Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao as the most lucrative bout in the sport’s history.
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