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Anthony Joshua tries to impersonate Tyson Fury - it’s bang on

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Anthony Joshua is probably the most exciting name in boxing right now, and for good reason.

The 28-year-old WBA, IBF and IBO heavyweight champion of the world has a pristine record of 19 fights, 19 wins and 19 knockouts.

After IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev was forced to withdraw from their title bout on October 28, Frenchman Carlos Takam has stepped into the breach to face AJ with all of the belts on the line at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.

Joshua is naturally the heavy favourite for the contest and many fans are looking past Takam and at the huge potential fights the champ could secure in 2018.

Namely, a date with Tyson Fury.

Fury was the WBA, IBF, WBO, IBO heavyweight champion after defeating Wladimir Klitschko - the last man Joshua defeated - almost two years ago, but he ended up vacating the belts as the British Board of Boxing investigated anti-doping and medical issues.

While Fury is yet to regain his suspended boxing licence, talk about a potential fight between the two men has raged on since Joshua overcame Klitschko earlier this year.

Speaking to TalkSport, Joshua was asked to give an instant reaction to several boxers' names. When it came to Fury, Joshua nailed an impression of the Gypsy King:

Pretty spot on if you ask us!

Of course, Fury gave his own impression of the Watford-born fighter to IFL TV earlier this year:

Joshua also told TalkSport that he has had conversations with Fury in regards to a fight, but they've been far from cordial.

He explained: "Not like talk - ‘what’s happening mate,’ it’s 'I’m going to knock you out, trust me'. Me and him will get down and dirty real soon, it’s just fighting talk.

"I’ve managed to contact him - he’s managed to contact me and everything you probably see on social is the same thing that happens behind the scenes."

Anthony Joshua Media Workout

Responding to a question on Twitter, Joshua explained the way to beat Fury.

He said: “The way to beat Tyson Fury is like a Mike Tyson style, but you need a lot of energy and you need to be fit and strong.”

Tyson Fury & Wladimir Klitschko Head to Head Press Conference

Fury was quick to tweet a response to the champion: “If @anthonyfjoshua adopts the @MikeTyson style vs me I'll adopt the @MuhammadAli style that's coming back after years out& beating the bully”.

When these two finally get it on there's no doubt it will be a huge box office occasion - but who would emerge as the real heavyweight champion?

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