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Anthony Joshua reveals who his dream heavyweight opponent would be - and he explains why

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Since his dominating display in the London 2012 Olympics, the boxing world has been in awe of Anthony Joshua's stunning rise to the top.

The British heavyweight has conquered the division, defeating Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley to make the the world realise that he will become one of the greatest.

Tyson Fury may have also defeated the Ukrainian in Dusseldorf, but the manner in which Joshua got the job done in front of a home crowd was stunning and was sheer entertainment for boxing fans.

Now, the hope of the nation is training for his next big fight with Bulgarian brute, Kubrat Pulev, with the two meeting on October 28 in Cardiff.

It will be yet another huge test of Joshua's credentials but he will be the favourite, with one of his eyes likely focused on a unification fight with Deontay Wilder.

A bout against the American champion would arguably be the biggest fight the heavyweight division has seen in decades.

The winner would be hard to predict, with Joshua perhaps a slight favourite given his ridiculous knockout record and sheer power.

JOSHUA'S DREAM FIGHT

But, even though Wilder is perhaps his dream fight in the modern day, what would be Joshua's choice if he could meet any heavyweight in history in the four-cornered ring?

Anthony Joshua v Kubrat Pulev Press Conference

Well, he has given his answer and it is a slight surprise.

Mike Tyson, Muhammad Ali and Lennox Lewis all miss out, with American legend Evander Holyfield getting Joshua's seal of approval.

Speaking on Sky Sports' toe-to-toe programme, the British champion explained his reasoning behind his decision.

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HOLYFIELD THE BEST OPPONENT

"When your idols become your rivals! I think one of the greatest heavyweights is Holyfield. He’s a boss. He’s a real boss.

"I like him because he can box, get behind that jab and he’s a real good fighter on the inside. He can trade up close. The reason is Holyfield will bring out the whole fighter in me.

"He won’t let me just keep it long and step off. He’ll come and slip shots. I just think it will be like a Riddick Bowe type of fight because I’ve got the height against Holyfield.”

Evander Holyfield...

What a fight it would have been, we certainly can't predict a winner.

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