ANTHONY JOSHUA has called time on his big rival Tyson Fury – and revealed they sparred for a brand new Rolex watch.

The British world heavyweight champ was just an amateur when he first fought the Gypsy King.

AJ revealed that he read in boxing bible Boxing News that Fury was in London looking for sparring partners – and if anyone knocked him down they would get his expensive Rolex watch.

Joshua told Sky Sports: "This was early on when I was an amateur and I didn't know who Tyson was.

"I was reading in Boxing News he was going around London gyms asking if anyone knocks him out they get to keep his Rolex.

"Me and him had a straight war. We both have heart.

"I didn't get to knock him out. He said afterwards 'Watch out for this kid, he will be champion of the world one day'.

"And he got his prediction right."

AJ and Fury are set to have penned a two-fight deal to unify the heavyweight division with a scrap lined up for June.

Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn has reportedly sent a £200million contract to Fury's team with the fight likely to be in Qatar, Saudi Arabia or Dubai.


Hearn told the Mail: "The first draft of the contract has now gone out to Bob Arum, which is obviously a good thing.

"The contract reflects the positive nature of the discussions we have had so far around this fight.

"We now await their comments before we all move on to agreeing a location. We hope to have something signed within the next two weeks."

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