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Anthony Joshua Picks Roy Keane As Footballer Who Could Make A Great Boxer

Anthony Joshua Picks Roy Keane As Footballer Who Could Make A Great Boxer

Anthony Joshua reckons former Manchester United captain Roy Keane would have been a good fit for the squared circle.

As part of a video for DAZN, the world heavyweight champion was asked which footballer he thought could make the switch to boxing.

Ricky Hatton went for Pablo Zabaleta, David Haye picked the late Diego Maradona and Wayne Rooney, despite getting knocked out by Phil Bardsley in that infamous video, got a mention from Amir Khan.

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But Joshua opted for hardman Keane and also gave some props to another United legend in Eric Cantona.

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Image: PA

"If I was to pick a footballer who could make a great boxer... Roy Keane," he told DAZN.

"Manchester United need someone like him, to get in there and say it how it is, doesn't take any nonsense.

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"In boxing, that's the type of person you need to have.

"Eric Cantona, come in, shirt up, he had the aura of a champion."

Keane did actually take up boxing from a young and was said to be unbeaten as a schoolboy back in his hometown of Cork.

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He regularly trained with fighters much older than him but eventually chose football in a career move that certainly proved to be a successful one.

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Still, Keane enjoyed partaking in boxing training during his time at United and could still pack a punch.

"I had an interview with him before I trained him to make sure I knew what he'd been doing and what he was hoping to do and what he thought of different types of training," strength and conditioning coach Mick Clegg told Stretty News.

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"He told me that he used to box and, of course, I had a boxing club at my gym that I'd had for 14 years so I thought it was fantastic.

"I asked him he'd be interested in learning some boxing techniques that I'd actually developed for football players and he said he was.

"So we went down into the gym - when it was appropriate during his rehab - and we did some boxing training. And of course whenever Roy was in the gym, everyone wanted to be there.

"Players were coming in to watch Roy and he looked magnificent when he was boxing."

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There's an infamous story of how Keane knocked out Gabriel Heinze in the changing room after a bust-up, while he and Patrick Vieira very nearly came to blows on the pitch on many an occasion.

And Jan Aage Fjortoft experienced Keane's boxing prowess first-hand when he lamped him one during a meeting between Middlesbrough and United.

In regards to his love of boxing, Keane is quoted as saying: "Boxing is the best sport in the world. It's man against man.

"You are on your own. There's only one person going to come out that ring a winner. I supposed I applied that to football."

Topics: Football News, Football, Anthony Joshua, Boxing, Roy Keane

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