ANTHONY JOSHUA and Tyson Fury are on a collision for the biggest heavyweight showdown for decades in 2021 – but they are no strangers in the ring.
AJ, who holds the WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO titles, defended his belts in stunning fashion by delivering a brutal ninth round knockout to Kubrat Pulev on Saturday.
Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua are set to clash in a bumper unification fight worth £500m
AJ spared with the Gypsy King way back in 2010 when he was an amateur
WBC champ Fury was only 20-years-old when he sparred his British rival a decade ago
That cleared the path for a blockbuster all-British heavyweight unification clash with WBC champ Tyson Fury worth £500million.
The two are already believed to have agreed verbally agreed to have two fights next year, with AJ ‘s promoter Eddie Hearn now attempting to finalise the terms with Fury’s US rep Bob Arum.
It is the fight the world wants to see – but Joshua and Fury have shared the ring before.
Their previous encounter occurred back in 2010, when Fury, then 22, was preparing to face Derek Chisora for the first time – with Joshua a 20-year-old amateur.
Soon after their spar, in a candid interview with journalist Steve Bunce, Fury admitted Joshua ‘gave me a beating’ for three rounds – and predicted the unified champion’s future stardom.
He said: “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, slipped and I thought he’s not very good I’m going to take my time.
“Then bash, he hits me with a big uppercut right on the point of the chin – if I had a bit of a weak chin like David Price I would’ve been knocked out for a month.