What Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua said about sparring one another in 2010

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.

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Fury now holds the WBC and Ring Magazine titles

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.’

Joshua is the unified heavyweight champion

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Joshua is the unified heavyweight champion

“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.

Joshua was only an amateur at the time, Fury had already turned pro


Joshua was only an amateur at the time, Fury had already turned pro

“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.”