Anthony Joshua demands Man Utd sign another Roy Keane to challenge Liverpool

Anthony Joshua demonstrates power in training session

Anthony Joshua has given his thoughts on which former Manchester United star would make a “great boxer”. The WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion successfully defended his belts earlier this month against Kubrat Pulev.

Now, attention is turning on Joshua’s next opponent with all signs pointing towards a hotly-anticipated contest against Tyson Fury to unify the division.

Joshua has been talking up the potential bout, insisting it’s the only fight he wants in 2021.

A fight already booked in for next year garnering plenty of attention is YouTube star Logan Paul’s scheduled bout against Floyd Mayweather.

There has been a growing appetite for non-professional boxers who are big names in their own right to step into the ring with millions of fans tuning in all over the world.

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So it may not be too farfetched to think of a former footballer putting on the boxing gloves in the near future.

United icon Roy Keane is famous for not pulling any punches in the Sky Sports studio and has gained notoriety for his no-nonsense attitude when critiquing matches.

And Joshua believes the 49-year-old would have been an excellent boxer had he taken up the sport.

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

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“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.

“Eric Cantona, come in, shirt up, he had the aura of a champion.”

Joshua remains focused on becoming undisputed heavyweight champion though and has called on Fury to make the fight happen.

“Whether he really wants it or not. I’m keen,” he said.

“I basically said, ‘If Tyson Fury is the man with the belts, Tyson Fury is the man I want.’ That basically says, ‘I’ll fight anyone who has that belt, there’s no problem with the person’. I just want to go for the undisputed championship. That’s what I was trying to say that night.

“He took it how he wanted to take it. I’ve never turned away from a fight. I’ve never announced a fight and not showed up. I’ve fought six to seven champions, in my short career. Tyson Fury is another one of them.

“There’s no reason as to why I see him any different to any other. If Tyson Fury is down, I’m ready, I’m keen. I’ve got four of the major belts, he’s got one. I’ll take that one from him.”

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