Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua reign supreme as the two current heavyweight world champions.
In December, AJ regained the WBA, IBF & WBO belts from Andy Ruiz Jr and then in February, Fury claimed the WBC crown from Deontay Wilder.
Now, a battle between Britain’s big boys for the undisputed championship is one of the most anticipated bouts in all of boxing.
As many people know, the pair have sparred before at Finchley ABC in 2010.
Speaking a few weeks after the session, Fury told Steve Bunce: “I went down to Finchley Boxing Club and I sparred with the ABA champion, Anthony Joshua.
“He’s red hot, him, he’s very good. To be honest with you, I thought to myself, ‘I’m only going to take it easy as he’s an amateur and we probably won’t spar again if I go mad.’
“He’s rushed out at me, he threw a one-two and left-hook and I slipped. I thought, ‘He’s not that good, I’m going to take my time.’
“Then bash, he gives me a big uppercut right on the point of the chin.
“If I’d have had a bit of a weak chin like David Price, I’d have been knocked out for a month.
“He’s very, very good and he’s only young, 20, watch out for that name Anthony Joshua he is one prospect for the future.
“He came out at me for three rounds and he gave me a beating – I’m not going to deny it, he gave me hell for leather for three rounds.
“I thought ‘Oh my god, an amateur is killing me.’
“Being a professional, and I’ve been an amateur myself and fought all over the world, I slowed him down a bit with a few good body shots.
“The kid’s only 20, and I’m a handful myself, so for him to put up a good performance like that against a top prospect in me, I think he’s one for the future.”
In 2016, Joshua gave his own version of events.
AJ told Sky: “I didn’t even know who Fury was. He was in London at the time, come down from Manchester.
“I used to read the Boxing News religiously, like I still do. In the magazine I remember reading, ‘Tyson Fury’s going around different gyms sparring and if anyone can knock him out, they get to keep his Rolex.’
“I’m hungry. I’m still hungry now, if you know me, I’m hungry.
“I was hungrier back then. Those assets and stuff were so far out of reach to me.
“So I remember him popping in the gym, and then coach says, ‘Alright Josh, you’re sparring.’
“I didn’t really know who Tyson Fury was, but in the boxing gym, there’s no word called ‘no’.
“So I just got my headguard on, gum shield in and we just cracked on and me and him just had a straight war.
“So what I learned about Fury is that 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.
“He put the interview out there I think after that fight, years ago, predicting, he said, ‘Watch out for this kid, he’ll be heavyweight champion of the world one day.’
“And he got his prediction right.”
However, a couple of years later Fury changed his story somewhat.
With Joshua now a serious rival, the ‘Gypsy King’ had a different take on things.
When asked about AJ before his first fight with Deontay Wilder in 2018, Fury told Showtime: “He seems pretty spirited, doesn’t he?
“But when I stood face-to-face to him and said, ‘Do you want to get outside?’ His a*** started flapping. He s*** himself.
“It doesn’t matter what weight I was at the time, I wasn’t in shape, but I’d have took him outside and kicked his c*** right in for him.
“If a man said that to me – I don’t care if I was unfit or not – he’d be outside and punched. We’d have had to have a fight. Simple.
“But I said that to him and he didn’t want to know.
“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.
“He was lifting his legs up in the corner, there were ten people in the gym who saw him do it.
“I’ve got my hands down flicking him, leaning out the way, he’s coming forward with them big swings, how’s he going to hit me?
“I said, ‘Go on then, put one on me, I’ll stand still.’
“He just can’t win.”