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What Happened When Anthony Joshua And Tyson Fury Sparred For The First Time

What Happened When Anthony Joshua And Tyson Fury Sparred For The First Time

Anthony Joshua is up for sparring with Tyson Fury ahead of his rematch with Deontay Wilder in February, but the pair of heavyweight kings have been in the ring together once before many years ago.

Joshua was still an amateur who hadn't yet won his Olympic Gold medal in 2012 when they stepped inside the squared circle and gave a good account of himself.

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But according to Fury, who claims there were 10 people in attendance to witness it, he started to show his class in between the ropes during the later rounds.

"We've had a spar before - amateur boxer he was at the time - he had a good couple of rounds then I started hitting him round the body," Fury said on Showtime, via The Independent, prior to his first bout with Wilder.

"He was like this, lifting his legs up in the corner, there were 10 people in the gym who saw it.

"I'm there with my hands down, he's coming forward with big swings, how's he going to hit me? I said go on then, put one on me, I'll stand still."

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Back in 2013, when Fury had been a professional for five years, he appeared on a stacked episode of 'The Gloves Are Off' on Sky Sports that also featured Lennox Lewis and Frank Bruno, giving Joshua some advice on his career.

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"Just listen to yourself," the Gypsy King said.

"Don't listen to anybody else - not one person because God forbid anything went wrong you can't blame other people and start pointing the finger.

"Always know that you're only to blame yourself because you made that decision and whatever you do in life, never regret it."

Fast forward to the present day and Joshua, now a two-time WBA [super], WBO & IBF Champion, is offering his services to Fury.

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"Fury, if you need me for sparring, we're going to fight one day, I've sparred Tyson Fury when we were kids anyway. I would go out to America and spar Tyson Fury and get him ready for this Wilder fight," the 30-year old said on Sky Sports News.

Fury was quick to see the proposal and told his fellow Brit he would "love" to have him in his camp, as well as congratulating him for his victory over Andy Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia.

"I just saw a video of Joshua on Sky Sports saying he'd love to come me in camp and that I'd fight him quicker than Wilder - that's for sure," he said on Instagram.

"When I beat Wilder, I will fight you AJ no problem and I'd love to have you in camp.

"I'd really love to have you in camp for this fight and give Wilder a proper beating. I hope you mean it because I'd love to have you in training camp. Thanks very much and well done in your last fight, congratulations."

Topics: Heavyweight boxing, Tyson Fury, Boxing News, Anthony Joshua, Boxing

Josh Lawless

Josh is a writer who specialises in football and wrestling. He has been published by Curzon Ashton FC, Late Tackle, Manchester City FC, The Mirror, Read Man City and Manchester Evening News. He provides coverage of professional wrestling and has interviewed some of the biggest names in the field - including the first UK interview with The Hardy Boyz after their return to WWE. He has never sported a pair of Lonsdale Slip-ons, contrary to reports.

 

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