Martin Bakole on sparring Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury

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Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua.

Two of the biggest names in heavyweight boxing, and the two main stars of the division.

With all the controversy that follows Fury, and all the fans that follow Joshua, more people are gaining interest in the sport and want to know what it's like to spar with the two giants.

Well, unbeaten Martin Bakole has had the honour of sparring with both Joshua and Fury, and he also lives to tell the tale.

Both put up very different spars and experiences for Bakole, and were certainly very entertaining as well.

On sparring Tyson Fury, Bakole told British Boxing News: "He sparred two people before me and when it was my turn, he said, ‘Yeah, you are different.’

“I sparred four rounds, but there were many people - two in, two out - but when I sparred him he didn’t want to do two with me, just one, because I was ‘touching’ him. That was three years ago now, after the [Wladimir] Klitschko fight. I didn’t touch him a lot like when I spar other people."

Bakole was born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and for many years fought out of South Africa.

Tyson Fury Media Session

He is now currently in Scotland after some time in Preston, and is hopeful of gaining his British citizenship in 2019.

He is hotly tipped to be Britain's next heavyweight superstar, and is already showing prowess whilst sparring with Fury.

Not only did Bakole spar with Fury, he also sparred with Joshua, and it sounds like it was a very different experience compared to sparring with Fury.

Again speaking to British Boxing News, Bakole said: “Joshua, we sparred nice before the [Carlos] Takam fight, but when it [his opponent] was supposed to be [Kubrat] Pulev," Bakole remembers.

Anthony Joshua Media Workout

"We did 50 rounds in total. One day they called me to do 10 rounds with him but the coach said ‘no’ after six, seven rounds, and changed to someone else."

Bakole could prove to be a real fighter and it is going to be very interesting to see how he develops and forms over the coming months.

The Airdrie-based fighter is certainly one to watch right now.

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