Nigerian-born British heavyweight boxer, Anthony Joshua will go toe-to-toe in the ring with fellow-Brit, Dereck Chisora, but it will not be on a competitive note, as they will only enter the ring on opposing end for training drills and practice, megasportsarena.com gathered.
Reports out of Great Britain indicate that Joshua is stepping up his training towards his December 7 rematch with Andy Ruiz Jnr, hence his decision to pick Zambia-born Chisora as the man to beef up his physical edge, as he and Chisora will now spar with each other, in what they both regard as the ideal preparation for their respective forthcoming heavyweight spectaculars.
The report comes on the day Joshua clocked 30, and the boxing world celebrated with the 2012 London Olympic gold medalist and muscular pugilist, who is in search of redemption against Ruiz in the upcoming bout tagged Battle of The Dunes.
The development also comes three years after Chisora was offered £750,000 to meet Joshua in a title fight, but the deal was stalled after ‘Del Boy’ demanded a 50-50 split of all revenues, few months after the then champion earned around £5m for the victory over Dillian Whyte that saw him win the British heavyweight title to go with his Commonwealth belt.
Chisora wanted a slice of the action, but Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn offered the ex-British, Commonwealth and European champ around £750,000, but that was snubbed, and he instead chose to fight former world heavyweight title challenger, Kubrat Pulev for the vacant European heavyweight title – and a purse of around £100,000.
Although many top boxers hardly clash as sparring partners before big fights, but Chisora and ‘AJ’ are breaking with tradition, as the two Brits see each other as the perfect mock-combatants for their imminent battles.
The shorter and all-action Chisora will prepare Joshua for his world title rematch against the similarly built Ruiz in Saudi Arabia, while his new partner will use the Nigerian-born former champ as the ideal duplicate of the tall big punching David Price he is scheduled to face at London’s O2 Arena next Saturday, October 26.
Chisora confirmed his unusual arrangement with Joshua, saying: “I am going to see AJ. He has asked me a couple of times but I have been too busy. We will go straight into sparring. He is tall like Price and I am short like Ruiz. I will be going in and out of his training camp in Sheffield.”
In an expert reaction to the development, former world heavyweight champion, David Haye, who is now managing Chisora, declared: “For both of their respective fights they are ideal sparring partners. No-one could mimic Ruiz’s relentless come-forward presser like Derek will. And if anyone can reproduce Price’s long-range jab and move style it’s AJ. ‘