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Anthony Joshua knockdown rumours are false, says Commonwealth Games champion

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Just weeks after taking Joseph Parker's WBO world heavyweight championship from him in Cardiff, it seems that Anthony Joshua's name is still in the mouths of many people connected to the sport.

And with rumours doing the rounds that a former sparring partner once knocked AJ to the ground in a session, one British fighter has been quick to disspell the myth.

Frazer Clarke is a boxer in the news recently for all the right reasons.

The 26-year-old has brought back a Commonwealth Games gold medal from Australia in the super heavyweight class, and has trained under the tuition of Joshua's trainer Rob McCracken.

Unbeaten British heavyweight Daniel Dubois claimed in an interview last year that he had dropped Joshua in a sparring bout, but these claims were shot down by the gold medalist.

Speaking to SkySports, Clarke said: "I have never seen him (Dubois) put Joshua down.

"I am sure I am at 99 per cent of the spars and it has hit him flush and has probably shook him up a bit, but the way they make out that he put him down on his backside, it just never happened.

"I don't think it was Daniel, it's the people around him. Daniel is a nice kid and he probably admitted he shook Joshua up a bit in sparring and someone has made more of a story of it.

"I can honestly say if it was true, Joshua would turn round and say 'yeah, it happened, it was true', but he hasn't.

Anthony Joshua v Joseph Parker -  World Heavyweight Title Fight

"Don't get me wrong, it's sparring and people take big shots and I have seen him (Joshua) take a big shot off Daniel and I've seen him give Daniel a big shot.

"I'll tell you first hand he (Dubois) can whack really hard.

"Everyone gets put down in the gym and I am not afraid to admit it and he knocked me down. He caught me with a shot, half off-balance, and he is a heavy-handed guy but you just get back up."

Clarke is a regular sparring partner of AJ's, and is looking to make it into the 2020 Great Britain Olympics squad in Tokyo, after missing out on a spot at Rio 2016 to Joe Joyce.

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And, Clarke believes that Joshua is the perfect role model to follow.

"If there is someone you want to look at to emulate then Joshua is the perfect example," said Clarke.

"He's gone to the Olympics and he's done everything right through the Olympics and as a professional, so I wouldn't mind a bit of that."

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