One of boxing greats, Larry Holmes has told Anthony Joshua to have regular sex if he would be a heavyweight legend like him.
Holmes who lost only six times throughout his boxing career and won 69 fights is widely considered a legend of the division. He won two world heavyweight titles during a memorable career which began in 1973 and ended in 2002. He beat the likes of Ken Norton and Earnie Shavers while also becoming the only man in history to stop Muhammad Ali on an infamous night in Las Vegas in 1980.
And, during a recent visit to London to commemorate Ali, the 67-year-old retired boxer ran the rule over the latest star of The Big Men, the current WBA and IBF heavyweight champion Joshua, Independent.co.uk reported.
Holmes, also known as the Easton Assasin, a master of the jab, likes what he sees in the young Londoner so far but did have one particularly left field tip when it comes to his staying power at the top of the sport.
“If I had to give him one piece of advice it would be this – get laid a week before each fight,” said Holmes. “You need to relax. It restores your energy and everything. You know they say you’re not allowed to do that when you’re fighting.
“I listened to that for a while but then found out it was all a lie and you’re missing the good stuff man. He’s a heavyweight, he’s got to get that sh** out of him. But he doesn’t want to do it everyday or nothing because that might drain him!”
Joshua is concluding preparations for Saturday’s clash with Carlos Takam at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium.
The 28-year-old was supposed to be facing mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev in Wales but when the Bulgarian injured a pectoral muscle, Anthony Joshua had to deal with a late change of opponent for the first time in his professional career.
Takam, the Cameroon-born Frenchman, has different dimensions and a very different style to that of Pulev and Joshua says he now expects a ‘Tysonish’ opponent on Saturday night.
Saturday night will be Joshua’s fourth defence of the IBF title he won from Charles Martin last year and the first of the WBA crown he claimed by beating Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley six months ago. Holmes defended the titles 20 times, a record surpassed only by Klitschko and Joe Louis.