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Trainer Rob McCracken has hailed Anthony Joshua's development after the boxer compared him to Sir Alex Ferguson. The legendary manager won 13 Premier League titles during his hugely successful time in charge of Manchester United. �Dave Thompson/Matchroom 2 McCracken has been with AJ for 10 years And Joshua recently said he looks at trainer McCracken like a Ferguson figure. He said: "Rob is the gaffer, I look at him like an Alex Ferguson. "He is a great manager and trainer, so it was just about variety and being able to bring in different levels of greatness." McCracken, who has worked with Joshua since 2010, reacted to Joshua's claim by saying: "He came to Sheffield very young, he'd just become ABA champ, Sean Murphy did a great job with him at Finchley.
Getty Images 2 Ferguson is considered one of the greatest managers of all time "He was a real talent so I've been lucky enough to work with him over the last 10 years and give him advice and help him develop. "Take him to the right tournaments, pick the opponents that he boxed professionally and dictate from that side. "But also, give him guidance because for a young fighter who's new into pro boxing – it is a minefield and you can make the wrong move at any point. "So it's been important that he's listened and he's developed steadily and improved all the way. "What he's achieved in the time he's done it is remarkable." McCracken added: "Alex Ferguson watched Birmingham City when he was young because his dad worked in Small Heath for a time.
Getty Photos "He was an actual expertise so I've been fortunate sufficient to work with him over the past 10 years and provides him recommendation and assist him develop. "Take him to the suitable tournaments, decide the opponents that he boxed professionally and dictate from that facet. "But additionally, give him steerage as a result of for a younger fighter who's new into professional boxing – it's a minefield and you can also make the incorrect transfer at any level. "So it's been necessary that he's listened and he's developed steadily and improved all the way in which. "What he's achieved within the time he's achieved it's exceptional." McCracken added: "Alex Ferguson watched Birmingham Metropolis when he was younger as a result of his dad labored in Small Heath for a time.
It's in his autobiography." Who would win in a fantasy heavyweight match-up between Mike Tyson and Anthony Joshua? It turns out 'Iron Mike' doesn't fancy his chances against the "beautiful" Joshua, according to the man himself. "Hey, I really like him," he said. He's really a breath of fresh air. "He's really clean, he really looks clean, he's a clean guy, he's a clean fighter, he's a good puncher. "You just wish the best for him. Anthony Joshua Tyson was then asked whether he could beat the 31-year-old British heavyweight: "I don't know. My ego says, 'nobody would beat you.' But you look at him and... he just looks beautiful! "He just looks like a fighter, you know? "He needs more experience of course, but that will come in life." Image: PA Joshua, on the other hand, sees it very differently. "Mike Tyson would have battered me," he hilariously said back in 2017. "There was no way I could have taken on that guy. I would have taken that pay cheque. You know what I done against Klitschko in that 6th round when I took that dive? I'm joking. "I would have taken a dive against Tyson. He was a beast. Joshua While Joshua is a breath of fresh air according to Tyson, he isn't in his top five fighters right now. Advert 10 Tyson, 54, revealed that fellow American and former WBC champ Deontay Wilder is one of the current boxers that he 'respects' alongside Tyson Fury. However, the 'Baddest Man on the Planet' had no place for Joshua in his final three picks. He said on an episode of Hotboxin' with Mike Tyson: "I respect Tyson Fury, I respect Deontay Wilder, I respect all of those guys. Image Credit: PA "Andy Ruiz also, this guy named [Vasyl] Lomachenko--he's a f*****g animal, man. He's a master, it's like he's dancing. "There's also Gervonta Davis, there's quite a few guys that are good fighters." Who do you think would win in a fight between prime Mike Tyson and Anthony Joshua? Mike Tyson remains unsure on who would end up victorious in a hypothetical clash between himself and Anthony Joshua Tyson is a former heavyweight champion who conquered the entire division by snatching all the available titles in 1988 aged just 21. By comparison, Anthony Joshua is the current reigning heavyweight champion having collected three of the four major belts so far in his career. Appearing on the Hotboxin' Podcast, Tyson was asked who he thought would emerge victorious in a fantasy clash between the two heavyweights. But he chose to sit on the fence without a straightforward answer. "Hey, I really like him," Tyson said. "You know what he is? He's really a breath of fresh air. "He's really clean, he really looks clean, he's a clean guy, he's a clean fighter, he's a good puncher. "You just wish the best for him." There's no doubting that the legendary American boxer harbours immense respect for his British compatriot. But the 54-year-old was in no doubt of his abilities. "I don't know. My ego says, 'nobody would beat you'," he added. "But you look at him and…" Tyson paused before jokingly adding, "He just looks beautiful! "He just looks like a fighter, you know? He looks like he was born to do what he has to do. "He needs more experience of course, but that will come in life." Joshua, however, is pretty clear on the outcome of a potential face-off. Back in 2017, the now 31-year-old claimed that he would've struggled to stand up to Tyson's fury. "Mike Tyson would have battered me," he joked. "There was no way I could have taken on that guy. I would have taken that paycheque. "You know what I done against Klitschko in that 6th round when I took that dive? I'm joking. "I give all credit and respect to Tyson. Even though Tyson is going on like 50 now, I still remember Tyson as the young, young 21-year-old." That settles it then! Read More About: Anthony Joshua, boxing, mike tyson