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Anthony Joshua: 6' 6" heavyweight makes good impression on legend

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The welterweights are wonderful but many in the boxing world are waiting for a crop of dynamic heavyweights to provide much-needed intrigue and excitment to the division. There's nothing like the big guys 'throwing down.'

And some are confident boxing's heavyweight division is about to experience a renaissance of sorts.

Will Anthony Joshua (3-0), a 2012 Olympic gold medal champion in the super heavyweight division, play a role in that resurgence should there be one?

So what does a heavyweight fight legend think about the 24 year old Brit?

Larry Holmes recently told Express and Stars: "He's the one that everyone is focusing on right now and has a lot of potential."

"He punches good. There are things that he does wrong but he's just a kid."

"His quickness makes up for the things that he does wrong but with the right training, I think you have got a champion here"


"I think you have got a champion here."

Holmes added, "Just don't use him too much. Let him take his time. Remember he's only 24-years-old. If I was his age again, I would be champion for a long time."

It was high praise from a legend who is also known for being a straight-shooter, inside and outside the ring.

Lennox Lewis, in August 2012, also had praise for Joshua.

"Anthony will become the most sought after sportsman in the world if he takes gold," said Lewis, who won the Olympic super-heavyweight title in Seoul in 1988.

"If Anthony Joshua is that big man then translate those hundred million dollars into pounds for starters."

"He would certainly earn more than Mike Tyson or myself," added Lewis.

Since his pro debut on October 5, 2013, a first round technical knockout over an 8-0 opponent, the tall Brit has fought twice more earning stoppages both times.

He will next step into the ring February 1st at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, Wales to face Dorian Darch (7-2, 1 KO).

Joshua certainly has the size and athleticism to eventually compete on an elite level. Moreover, he appears to have a lot of natural 'boxing' talent and decent punching power to boot. However, like any young pro, he must be cultivated properly to find success at the upper tier of the division.

"The fights shouldn't get easier but, if you train right, the result should stay the same right across the board. Maybe he could even beat my record. I told him that when I was there that night," echoed Larry Holmes."

Larry Holmes advises Anthony Joshua
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