LARRY HOLMES let Anthony Joshua in on the secret to becoming a heavyweight legend — regular SEX.
Two-time world champion Holmes is considered one of the finest ever after racking up a 69-6 record in a career spanning four decades.
Holmes, 67, is already a big fan of IBF and WBA king Joshua but says it is important the Londoner makes love AND war if he wants to go down in history.
He said: “If I had to give him one piece of advice it would be this — get laid a week before each fight.
“You need to relax. It restores your energy and everything.
“He’s a heavyweight, he’s got to get that sh*t out of him. But he doesn’t want to do it every day or nothing because that might drain him!”
Joshua faces late stand-in Carlos Takam at a sold-out Principality Stadium in Cardiff on Saturday after months of rigorous training.
The old boxing adage is that having sex during your camp makes you weaker and many fighters go on a strict bonk ban in the lead-up to a fight.
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Ex-heavyweight champion David Haye rules out sex for six weeks before fights because he reckons it would affect his performance.
But Holmes said: “They say you’re not allowed to do it when you’re fighting.
“I listened for a while but then found out it was all a lie and you’re missing the good stuff man.”
Joshua, 28, is the huge favourite to beat Cameroon-born Takam but the 2012 Olympic champ reckons it will be tough.
Joshua believes 6ft 1in Takam will use what he calls a ‘Mike Tyson style’ of getting low and swinging in big hooks.
Holmes, who beat Muhammad Ali in 1980, was knocked out by Tyson in the fourth round of their 1988 clash for the IBF, WBA and WBC titles.
But the Easton Assassin believes if AJ had ever fought the real Iron Mike there would have only been one winner.
Holmes, speaking at the launch of a new Tag Heuer watch to commemorate “The Greatest” Ali, said: “Joshua would have knocked out a prime Mike Tyson there’s no doubt about it.
“Tyson went down low then came up and tried to throw roundhouses. But Joshua would hit him with a straight right hand on the side of his damn chin and Mike wouldn’t get up.
“I’m not taking anything away from Tyson — he kicked my ass. But if Mike fought anybody who boxes behind a jab, moves out and throws punches, they would whoop his ass.
“That’s why I think even Tyson at his best, Joshua would knock him out.
“He punches hard and he isn’t going to stand there and let Mike hit him.
“He got knocked down by Wladimir Klitschko and got up again. That shows you he’s ready to fight.”
Hall-of-famer Holmes made 20 successful defences of the world heavyweight title putting him behind only Klitschko and Joe Louis at the top of the list.
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RONDA ROUSEY: UFC fighter claimed in 2012 that she tries to have “as much sex as possible” before a fight since it has been linked to higher testosterone levels in women.
RONALDO: Legendary Brazilian footballer recommends having “passive” sex the night before a big match to help relax and concentrate.
MARADONA: When the Argentine icon coached the national team, he told his players they could have sex during their 2010 World Cup campaign. But only if it wasn’t late at night — and they abstained from cigars and champagne!
PEP GUARDIOLA: Manchester City boss said: “It’s impossible to play good football if you don’t have sex. If you are doing it . . . better players!”
DAVID HAYE: Brit boxer said: “I don’t ejaculate six weeks before a fight. A lion is most dangerous when hungry and horny.”
MARTY LIQUORI: Retired world champ runner claimed: “Sex makes you happy. Happy people do not run a 3:47 mile.”
CARL FROCH: Retired Brit boxer famously used to abstain from sex for three months before a big fight.
LOUIS VAN GAAL: Ex-Manchester United manager told reporters he liked his players “horny”.
MIGUEL HERRERA: Former Mexico coach slapped a sex ban on his players in the lead-up to the 2014 World Cup.
GLENN HODDLE: At the 1998 World Cup, the ex-Three Lions boss said WAGs could come along, but “not to have sex”.
Takam, 36, will be the fourth defence of Joshua’s reign, since taking the IBF title off Charles Martin in April 2016.
Holmes added: “He will be a champion for as long as he wants to be a champion.
“But you’ve got to take it round by round and take your days off. I took two a week — Wednesdays and Sundays.
“I’d do nothing those days but sit and hang out. I got laid a few times too.”
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