Anthony Joshua has paid tribute to Derek Chisora as an example for young boxers.
The 37-year-old refused to put on his gloves despite a one-sided defeat to Joseph Parker on Saturday.
And Joshua revealed that his “OG” ideas were inspiring him ahead of his blockbuster rematch with Oleksandr Usyk.
AJ posted a photo of Chisora on Instagram along with: “This is my OG!
“He led and led! He is a driving force for me and for the young boxers who come up through the ranks!
“It’s important to respect our people while they are still here!”
Earlier this year, Joshua signed his old partner to his 258 management company.
The Watford fighter looked up to the heavyweight legend when he first joined the Finchley Amateur Boxing Club.
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Chisora showed off her trademark resilience after being floored three times by Parker in Manchester.
He looked on the verge of a brutal pause before coming back with enough heart to referee Howard Foster to explain his corner and continue the action.
This resulted in the 12th career loss for Chisora, which Parker said should now consider retirement.
But the man has other ideas and claimed he already plans to return in about six months.
Joshua is back in the gym ahead of his attempt to clinch the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO and IBO titles, having lost to Ukraine’s Usyk in September.
The fight is expected to take place early next year and promoter Eddie Hearn has recently been to the Middle East to look at potential locations.