As Workforce GB’s boxers march in direction of glory in Tokyo, Anthony Joshua could have his eye on one competitor particularly.
Ben Whittaker, the heavyweight champion’s good friend and coaching companion is into the quarter-finals on the Olympics.
AJ received a gold medal at London 2012 and nonetheless does his camps on the Workforce GB gymnasium in Sheffield and so could be very conversant in the present crop of younger expertise.
Eleven boxers certified to signify the nation in Tokyo, with light-heavyweight Whittaker amongst these tipped for achievement.
And when he joined White and Jordan on talkSPORT to debate his preparations for the match in June, Joshua was listening and needed to point out his help.
AJ defined: “I used to be in coaching, I used to be about to begin and I simply noticed Ben on the previous FaceTime, so I believed I’ve gotta leap on and simply give him his credit score.
“He’s going all the way in which, he’s an actual expertise this one.”
Whittaker replied: “Me and AJ know one another properly.
“What can I say? He’s all the time been one in every of my most important supporters.
“I’ve obtained a number of folks backing me. Hopefully I could make him and a number of different folks proud.”
When requested what likelihood he offers his good friend of bringing again a medal, Joshua replied: “I’d give him each medal, he’s significantly better than I used to be.
“He’s gonna go on the market and do his factor, he’s very skilled.
“It’s simply in regards to the expertise. The beginner system is like going to college or faculty, after which the professionals is the place you truly go to work.
“I really feel like he’s obtained a lot expertise now, he’s obtained an amazing likelihood.
“Simply do your finest, that’s all you are able to do, Ben. Simply do your finest, have enjoyable, it’s a good time in your life, so simply have enjoyable. That’s all you are able to do, that’s all I can ask for.”
Workforce GB boxers at Tokyo 2020
- Charley Davison, Flyweight (51kg)
- Karriss Artingstall, Featherweight (57kg)
- Caroline Dubois, Light-weight (60kg)
- Lauren Value, Middleweight (75kg)
- Galal Yafai, Flyweight (52kg)
- Peter McGrail, Featherweight (57kg) – eradicated
- Luke McCormack, Light-weight (63kg)
- Pat McCormack, Welterweight (69kg)
- Ben Whittaker, Gentle-heavyweight (81kg)
- Cheavon Clarke, Heavyweight (91kg) – eradicated
- Frazer Clarke, Tremendous-heavyweight (91kg+)
Joshua himself is at present in coaching for his subsequent combat, in opposition to Oleksandr Usyk in September.
On the road in opposition to the Ukrainian would be the WBA, IBF and WBO world titles, with Usyk trying to change into heavyweight champion in his third combat within the glamour division.
He has moved up from cruiserweight and been bulking up, however Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, warned him the champion is a ‘completely different beast.’