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Tyson Fury Explains How Anthony Joshua Nearly KO'd Him In Fascinating Early Meeting

Tyson Fury Explains How Anthony Joshua Nearly KO'd Him In Fascinating Early Meeting

Footage of Tyson Fury explaining how he nearly got knocked out by a young Anthony Joshua has re-emerged ahead of a potential super fight in 2021.

Joshua came out on top against Kubrat Pulev on Saturday night and fans are desperate to see him face fellow Brit Fury, with the self-proclaimed 'Gypsy King' keen.

But back in 2010, Fury did cross paths with a young 'AJ' and he nearly found himself down for the count.

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"I came up yesterday from Manchester and I went down to Finchley Boxing Club," Fury told BBC Radio 5Live's Mike Costello and Steve Bunce.

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"I sparred with the ABA Champion, Anthony Joshua. He's red hot him. He's very good.

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"He's very good. To be honest with you, I thought I'm only going to take it easy because he's only an amateur and he probably won't spar again if I go mad.

"He's rushed out at me... BASH, he gave me a big upper cut right in the point of the chin.

"If I had a bit of a weak chin like David Price, I'd have been knocked out for a month."

Watford-born Joshua had yet to make his professional debut, but Fury knew he had talent early on.

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"He's very, very, very good. He's only young, watch out for that name! Anthony Joshua. He is one prospect for the future.

"I'm a good prospect. I rate myself as one of the top heavyweights in the world. He came out at me for three rounds and he gave me a beating.

"I thought, 'Oh my God, an amateur's killing me!'. The kid's only 20, and I'm a handful myself, but for him to put up a good performance like that against a top prospect in me, I think he's one for the future.

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"I would say he's the best amateur boxer in this country, super heavyweight, by a mile."

Fast forward to 2020 and Joshua currently holds the WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight titles, with Fury holding the WBC title respectively.

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But Joshua fired back: "That's good to hear. At least I can get him in the ring... that's all we want, right?

"So, he's on the right track."

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Topics: Tyson Fury, Boxing News, Anthony Joshua, Boxing, Legends, Rivalries

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Daniel is a freelance journalist for SPORTbible and he has previous experience with Manchester United. He has spoken to some of the biggest names in sport including Rio Ferdinand, Peter Crouch, WWE COO Triple H and WWE legend The Undertaker. May or may not do a decent impression of Jamie Carragher.