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Will he have the last laugh next Saturday.

Anthony Joshua gave his former trainer incredible presents

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We’ve all been taken by tales of former pupils rising to the top, while the humble and wise master maintains the quiet life on the periphery, silently admiring his student’s glory.

Sky Sports managed to track down Anthony Joshua’s Mister Miyagi, and discovered that the wise mentor is actually not doing so bad perched behind the steering of a brand new set of wheels courtesy of his most famous pupil.

Sean Murphy continues to coach at the Finchley Amateur Boxing Club, where a young, and possibly unassuming, Anthony Joshua took his first steps to boxing stardom.

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Murphy expressed his delight at having been laden with such an exuberant gift, saying to reporters: "You never expect someone will buy you a car, especially a boxer! I pinch myself and think 'this car ain't mine’.

"But then I see 'Sean Murphy, Finchley ABC, God bless' [engraved in the car] - there's not many fighters that would do that.

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"After four or five fights [Joshua] said to me: 'I want to get something for gym, what do you need?' He kitted out the gym with 16 punch bags."

It seems as though Murphy had taught his young Paddy Wan well, with the Brit ace knocking all 18 of his opponents out in an impressive record.

It will be a question of energy versus experience when Joshua squares up to Klitschko in the ring in front of 90,000 strong on April 29, with the IBF and WBA “super” heavyweight titles up for grabs in a highly anticipated boxing bonanza that promises to thrill and entertain.

Notorious former champion Tyson Fury knows what it feels like to beat Klitschko for world heavyweight titles, only to be controversially stripped of the IBF title that is now in Joshua’s possession.

Anthony Joshua Media Workout

Despite being away from the ring, Fury continues to grab attention, and he could not resist throwing a social media jibe at Joshua earlier this week, likening him to a “poor man’s Frank Bruno”, prompting an equally stinging reply from Joshua asking Fury to put his money where his mouth is and calling him out for a fight.

Fury is still being investigated by UKAD and is currently serving a suspension imposed by the British Boxing Board of Control and will have to settle for a place on the sidelines, whilst Joshua and Klitschko take centre stage at Wembley.

41-year-old Klitschko, meanwhile, will be looking to dominate heavyweight boxing for an amazing third spell and has shown no signs of slowing down, with his coach Bernd Boente claiming he could fight until the age of 50.

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The ever-present boxer also boasts an impressive record of 64 wins from 68 bouts, including 53 knockouts.

It seems as though the Saturday night main event will be a defining moment for both boxers, with Joshua set to continue an unbeaten start to his boxing career, while Klitschko seeking an epic return to heavyweight glory.

One thing is a certainty, Joshua’s former mentor Murphy will have one eye on the screen to see if his protégé remembers the tricks of the trade.

Will Klitschko’s experience be enough to match the zeal of his younger counterpart? Have your say in the comments section below.

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