Tyson Fury's head trainer has insisted their camp's offer to help Anthony Joshua prepare for his rematch with Oleksandr Usyk is "100 percent serious".
Joshua was outclassed by the Ukrainian fighter in their first meeting in September, and lost his status as a world heavyweight champion for the second time.
Like he did against Andy Ruiz Jr, the Londoner is hoping to bounce back straight away and take back his WBA, WBO and IBF belts at the first attempt – though it will certainly not be so easy this time.
Usyk, one of the best pound-for-pound fighters on the planet, will not give up his new titles easily and Joshua will have to be at his very best to win when they meet again in the ring next year.
Fury, holder of the WBC and The Ring titles, is expected to fight the winner of the rematch in a winner-takes-all bout – the victor would be the undisputed champion, holding every belt in the heavyweight division.
He has said recently that he would be happy to help Joshua to train for his second meeting with Usyk, though it doesn't seem as though that offer was greeted with too much enthusiasm.
"Yeah lovely mate, if he takes no money for it. I don’t know if he’s after a quid or two. He’s more than welcome to come through the doors, he can even spar with me as well," Joshua said sarcastically to IFL TV.
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But Fury's head trainer SugarHill Steward insists the offer to rival Joshua is a genuine one, as his fighter would gain a lot more from a blockbuster all-British bout – a fight every boxing fan wants to see – than he would by taking on Ukrainian Usyk.
"We are 100 percent serious about helping Joshua in camp," Steward told TalkSPORT.
"We want him to defeat Usyk, for a start, because we want to see Fury against Joshua, and so do all the fans of boxing in the world.
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"It is not a ruse or a joke, we would happily help Joshua because he is capable of beating Usyk in the rematch, and this is nothing new. In the old days, all boxers travelled to different gyms for assistance.
"This is a sport, and we have to think of it as a sport. Never forget that when heavyweight boxing is strong, the whole of boxing is strong.
"The biggest fight in the sport is Fury versus Joshua, and we all know what that would do for the sport with the two of them fighting for the undisputed crown. It couldn't be bigger."
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