‘All I Wanted Was His Rolex Watch’- Anthony Joshua Recalls Sparring Tyson Fury

Published 12/25/2020, 7:00 AM EST
SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 17: Anthony Joshua trains during a media workout on October 17, 2017 in Sheffield, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)


The big boys of Britain are envisaged to collide in 2021. Undeniably, this will be the biggest battle to have taken place on the heavyweight roster.

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The winner of this fight will establish himself as the unified heavyweight king. What’s more, the bad blood between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury just adds to its hype.

Although they are almost always at odds with each other, things were pretty different a decade ago. In a conversation with The Guardian, Joshua opened up about his experience while sparring with Tyson Fury while he was 20.

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NEW YORK , United States – 1 June 2019; Anthony Joshua after defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr in their IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight Championship fight at Madison Square Garden in New York, USA. (Photo By Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

”He knows what’s coming. All I wanted was his Rolex watch (because) he said before that spar, ‘If you can beat me up or knock me out, you can have my Rolex.’ It was a good spar, and I didn’t really know too much.”

Joshua was an amateur fighter back then and didn’t know Tyson Fury. His coach said he’s sparring Fury and ‘AJ’ got ready with his head guard and gum shield. Even though he couldn’t knock Fury out, he gave him a considerable beating.

“I was hungry then, and I’m even hungrier now. There was a Rolex [on offer then] but now there is an even bigger pot of gold at the end of this rainbow and I want to take his head off his shoulders when that fight happens. I’m sure that I’ll win,” said Joshua.

Joshua knows the rewards this fight carries for him. He is very keen on proving to the world once again that he’s the reigning star of heavyweight boxing.

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From that spar session till today, Anthony Joshua has risen to super-stardom. Since his earlier days, many predicted the British boxer would rule the division of gigantic men. ‘AJ’ stood tall to all of their assumptions and sits on the top today.

He is just one step away from cementing himself as the face of contemporary boxing.

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DIRIYAH, SAUDI ARABIA – DECEMBER 07: Anthony Joshua poses for a photo with the IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight Title belts after the IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight Title Fight between Andy Ruiz Jr and Anthony Joshua during the Matchroom Boxing ‘Clash on the Dunes’ show at the Diriyah Season on December 07, 2019 in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

However, Tyson Fury won’t be a straightforward job to crack for Joshua. He will have to polish himself up to his best version to beat the ‘Gypsy King’.

Fans can’t wait to see this battle going down in 2021. This will be the toughest test to date for both the fighters. Will Joshua be crowned as the unified king of the heavyweights’ post this battle?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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