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Anthony Joshua and Mike Tyson..

Anthony Joshua explains the key difference between him and Mike Tyson

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Anthony Joshua may only be 19 fights deep into his professional career but 'AJ' is already one of the most revered and decorated fighters in the heavyweight division.

The 27-year-old has been a heavyweight champion ever since Charles Martin tasted canvas in April 2016 before two routine defences against Dominic Breazeale and Eric Molina.

His crowning moment undoubtedly came this April, though, when Joshua ended Wladimir Klitschko's career with an 11th round stoppage of herculean proportions.

It saw AJ add the WBA Super heavyweight title to his collection and after a Las Vegas rematch with Klitschko fell through, the British fighter agreed to defend his belts against mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev.

While the Bulgarian has only suffered one defeat in his career and Johnny Nelson even branded the fight a risk, it's widely expected that Pulev won't go the distance in Cardiff come October 28.

It looks, for all intents and purposes, to serve as a prelude for a unification fight with Deontay Wilder.

The American boasts an unblemished 38-0 records and the WBC world title.

Assuming both fighters win their final 2017 fights, Joshua would be facing the biggest bout of his career and his most complex challenge in the ring.

Besides, one fighter - assuming there's no Canelo v Golovkin-like controversy - would be losing their unbeaten streak.

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And perhaps one source of inspiration for AJ proves none other than Mike Tyson. The American is regarded as one of the greatest boxers to step between the ropes and endures in the memories of fans for his ferocious skill in the ring.

Furthermore, as per Sky Sports, Joshua is looking to inherit that very destructive streak as means of establishing himself as one of the 'most feared' boxers in the sport.

Minus taking a chunk out of Evander Holyfield's ear, mind.

Joshua told Sky Sports: "I can take people to the trenches and I can turn it into a fight about heart, but I want to show my finesse and Mike Tyson wasn't known for his heart, he was known for his technique, he was known for how great he was on the inside.

"A lot of fighters aren't known just for being sluggers and stuff. They are known for being great fighters and that's where I'm trying to get to.

"That's why I don't call myself the greatest or the most feared fighter, or this or that, because I know I'm going to get to that. But I know I've got bags of heart and I'm willing to go through it to get to that."

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AJ was keen to reiterate one key difference between him and 'Iron Mike', though.

He ominously stated: "People think they can come and beat me," said Joshua. "Mike Tyson broke his opponents before they got in the ring, I break them in the ring."

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