Tyson Fury has surprisingly invited Anthony Joshua to join his training team in his corner for the Dillian Whyte fight on Saturday night.
The WBC heavyweight champion is set to defend his crown, live on talkSPORT, and has told his British rival that he is more than welcome to be there.
Asked if Joshua and his promoter Eddie Hearn could be ringside, Fury told iFL TV: “Yeah, they’re invited, they can be my guests. I’ve got a couple of tickets there.
“I’ll give one to Eddie out of my ticket allocation and I’ll give two to AJ because he needs two, the fatness of him these days. Haaa.
“I’ll give him a couple of tickets that I’ll pay for, they can come as my personal guests.
“AJ, he can help in the corner with me if he wants.
“I know he don’t like Dillian Whyte, so he can if he wants.”
Fury has repeatedly claimed that he will retire from boxing after this fight, ending hopes of a fight with AJ in future.
“AJ’s had his chance more than once,” Fury continued.
“He’s had his chance about ten times to fight me and for his greed and wanting all the time, it’s not happening.
“But it’s no skin off my nose, he ain’t a virgin any more, he’s been beat.
“In what world could he have ever beaten me anyway?
“There’s no debate. It’s not an exciting fight. It’s only for money anyway.
“If I fought Joshua now I wouldn’t be gaining anything because people don’t think he can beat me anyway.”
Regardless of whether Joshua accepts his offer, Fury has added a new face to his corner for this fight, with cutman Stitch Duran reportedly unavailable to attend.
Joining head trainer SugarHill Steward and assistant Andy Lee will be the Gypsy King’s old amateur coach Steve Egan.
“I’ve got the man with me who started me, Steve Egan, he’s in my corner,” Fury revealed.
“Never been in my corner before other than one fight years and years ago and he’s back in my corner for the big hurrah.
“He said to me, ‘I’m the only person out of all these people here who knew you before.’ 20 years, now that’s loyalty, innit?”