Tyson Fury gave Anthony Joshua rave reviews during interview seven years ago

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Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua have had a long time war or words about who is the best heavyweight in world boxing.

In the aftermath of the epic fight between Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko, it didn't take long for Joshua to call out Fury, saying: "I fight with my heart and I move on. Tyson Fury, are you ready?

Fury gave a level of praise to the victorious 27-year-old, saying it took a level of character to respond after being knocked down by Klitschko in the sixth round.

Fury admitted he was cheering "AJ" on during the fight, but that undoubtedly had to do with a level of self interest as he plans his own comeback.

Fury could not resist a little dig, saying: "I am sure I can beat him with one arm tied behind my back."

However, there was a time seven years ago when Fury was fulsome in his praise of the young Joshua making his way in the sport.

An interview has come to light where Fury discusses at some length the promise that Joshua had when in the amateur ranks.

Fury said at the time: "I went down to Finchley Boxing Club and I sparred with the ABA champion Anthony Joshua.

"He is red hot, a very good prospect.

"I thought to myself I'm only going to take it easy because he is only a amateur and probably won't spar again if I go mad.

"He came rushing at me and caught me right at the point of the chin.

"I tell you what he is. He's very, very good.

"Watch out for that name, Anthony Joshua."

You can listen to the interview below.

While Fury may have some critics in regards to the way he airs his views, there is little doubt that he was right on the money on this occasion.

There is little doubt Joshua will hear that audio, and when he does, a rye smile will come to his face.

For all the bluffing and trash talk that goes on between the pair, deep down there would have to be a level of respect as they know what kind of physical and mental efforts they have to produce to reach the top of the sport.

Whether we see the pair settle their differences in the ring is up for debate, but despite his number of detractors, it would be pleasing to see Fury return to the fight scene sometime in the future.

If only to see whether he can back up his words with actions.

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