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Anthony Joshua wishes he had Conor McGregor's 'Notorious' nickname

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Last weekend, Anthony Joshua defeated Charles Martin to become the IBF World Heavyweight Champion at the O2 Arena.

Joshua knocked out Martin with only one minute and 32 seconds gone in the second round of the contest, which was only his 16th professional fight. The Olympic gold medallist was the favourite entering the fight and is arguably one of the most promising boxers in the heavyweight division.

Joshua right hand was the one that sent Martin down, not once, but twice in the second round. It was upon the second time of asking by the referee, that the American was unable to get off the mat in the 10-second time limit. A new heavyweight champion was crowned.

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But it's not all about boxing for the 26-year-old, as he is a fan of chess and reading as it helps him improve his boxing and tactics in fights. He is also a fan of Conor McGregor.

Speaking via Heavyw8 News on YouTube, Joshua mentions in the video below that he is a huge fan of the current UFC Featherweight Champion because they share a fighting background, he enjoys the Irishman's attitude, and he also wishes he could have taken his nickname of The Notorious first.

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When asked for his opinions on McGregor, Joshua said: "He's an Irishman and I'm a black man that can fight. That's all it is really. There's no two ways about it. We're from fighting backgrounds, similar cultures. We fight. We're warriors."

When asked if he liked the UFC fighter's attitude, he said: "I like Conor McGregor. The Notorious, I wish I took that name. I like it, I like everything about Conor McGregor. I like what he is doing for the sport of UFC as well.

"He's done a lot for the sport of UFC so far, you can't fault him. You can't fault him for losing. It's how he gets back up. I think so far he has done unbelievably well for the sport of UFC, and I just hope he continues that. Long live Conor McGregor."

Big challenges are coming up for both McGregor and Joshua later this year. In fact, it could be happening on the same weekend.

Promoters Matchroom are planning to have Joshua's first defence of the IBF heavyweight champion at Wembley Stadium on July 9 - the same day which McGregor will be fighting against Nate Diaz at UFC 200, a rematch of their clash at UFC 196.

These fights also take place on the same day which Tyson Fury is scheduled to fight Wladimir Klitschko at Manchester Arena, so July 9 will certainly be a good day if you're a boxing/UFC fan.

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