IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua has revealed he once sparred with fellow world champion Tyson Fury and that Fury predicted that he would one day become a world champion.
Joshua, who makes the first defence of his title against American Dominic Breazeale at The O2 on London on June 25, told Sky Sports: "This was early on when I was an amateur, so I didn’t even know who Tyson Fury was. This was the time when he was fighting John McDermott, so he was in London at the time, come down from Manchester.
"I remember reading that Tyson Fury is going around different gyms sparring and if anyone can knock him out, they get to keep his Rolex. If you know me, I’m hungry. I was hungrier back then. Those assets and stuff were so far out of reach to me.
Joshua added: "I just got my head guard on, gum shield in, and we just cracked on. Me and him just had a straight war. What I learned about Fury is, we’ve got the same heart. We’re both fighting people and we go to war.
"I didn’t manage to knock him out. We both hit each other with some big shots, powerful shots. Years ago he predicted ’watch out for the kid, he’ll be heavyweight champion of the world one day’ and he got his prediction right."
If Fury comes through his rematch for his WBO and WBA titles agianst Wladimir Klitschko on July 9 and Joshua comes through against Breazeale there is every chance an all British world heavyweight unification can take place in the very near future.
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May 18, 2016