Boxing legend offers to train Anthony Joshua, but on one condition

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Following a second loss to unified world heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk in August, Anthony Joshua will now be looking to build himself back up and force himself into the world title picture once more. 

With a return to the ring slated for the first half of 2023, it's still unknown who will be leading his coaching team after Robert Garcia joined Joshua's camp for the Usyk rematch. 

One name which has offered his coaching services is boxing legend Roy Jones Jr, but after a mixed experience with Chris Eubank Jr, the 53-year-old stated that he would only train Joshua if he is the main voice in the corner team. 

"He's already got a team around him who might not accept outside knowledge. Chris did not have a team, so Chris was a little different. I won't be a secondary guy, no. That's definitely not happening. You got to be a head coach or no coach. If i'm the head coach i'll go, if i'm not I won't go," Jones Jr told OLBG

"I won't have a true impact in what I'm doing if I'm a second coach."

Jones Jr also believes he can strike a strong coaching relationship between himself and Joshua.

“There's a lot of potential there that I can work with. But like I said, he already has a team of people and I don't want them to feel threatened because I'm not there to push them out the way. I'm there to just help him. But I'm not going to argue with people who help him," Jones Jr continued.

"I will help him if I can, and if I can't I go on my way. But as I said, I'm not there to be second [coach], watching things go wrong that I know are wrong and sit there and tell them it's good.

"That's why I say it's about chemistry. It seemed that we had decent chemistry in Dubai. He seemed hungry, he seemed that he still wanted it, I told him 'I can't teach you if you don't want it, I can't teach you if you've not got the heart to do it, but if you've got the heart to do it then I can give you what you need'."

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