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no nonsense Heavyweight champ Anthony Joshua names Roy Keane as footballer who could succeed as boxer

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Anthony Joshua reacts to victory over Kubrat Pulev during the IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO World Heayweight Title fight (Photo by Andrew Couldridge - Pool/Getty Images)

Anthony Joshua reacts to victory over Kubrat Pulev during the IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO World Heayweight Title fight (Photo by Andrew Couldridge - Pool/Getty Images)

Anthony Joshua reacts to victory over Kubrat Pulev during the IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO World Heayweight Title fight (Photo by Andrew Couldridge - Pool/Getty Images)

Anthony Joshua has picked hot-headed Roy Keane as the footballer he thinks could be a top boxer.

The WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion of the world picked the Man United legend as his choice of who could make it in the ring as he “doesn’t take any nonsense”.

“If I was to pick a footballer who could make a great boxer… Roy Keane,” Joshua told DAZN, a sports streaming platform.

“Manchester United need someone like him, to get in there and say it how it is, doesn’t take any nonsense.

“In boxing, that’s the type of person you need to have.”

While Keane boxed during his younger days in Mayfield he was also, of course, well known for his numerous encounters with rivals on the pitch.

And his former strength and conditioning coach at Man United, Mick Clegg revealed how Keane incorporated his boxing techniques to his training regimen and he was not bad at all on the pads.

“I was asked to help in his rehabilitation,” Clegg said of the Cork man. “I had an interview with him before I trained him to make sure I knew what he’d been doing and what he was hoping to do and what he thought of different types of training.

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Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane

Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane

Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane

“He told me that he used to box and, of course, I had a boxing club at my gym that I’d had for 14 years so I thought it was fantastic.


“I asked him he’d be interested in learning some boxing techniques that I’d actually developed for football players and he said he was.


“So we went down into the gym – when it was appropriate during his rehab – and we did some boxing training. And of course whenever Roy was in the gym, everyone wanted to be there.

Meanwhile, former world champions David Haye opted for Diego Maradona while Ricky Hatton went for Pablo Zabaleta.

Haye backed Maradona for world domination because of how tough he was on the pitch and Man City fan Hatton knows all about Zabaleta from his time at the club.

Amir Khan went for Manchester United and England legend Wayne Rooney, who famously performed a knockout celebration after scoring against Tottenham in 2015.

And Luke Campbell, who fights Ryan Garcia for the vacant WBC interim lightweight title next month, had a surprise choice in Phil Foden.

Meanwhile, Joshua and Tyson Fury are set to clash next summer after agreeing in principle to meet twice in 2021.

"I’m serious about the fight so when I announce it, you’ll know it’s real,” Joshua said.



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