Exclusive: Ricky Hatton lauds Brit ‘role model’ Anthony Joshua

Joe Hewlett 28/06/2017

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Anthony Joshua is currently awaiting Wladimir Klitschko’s decision of whether he will activate a rematch clause after their first encounter.

‘AJ’ triumphantly jumped back up from the floor to knock-out the Ukrainian in round eleven at Wembley Stadium.

Their match-up fought in front of the biggest crowd post-war, with an attendance of 90,000 witnessing the two titans going at it.

Before this heavyweight tussle, and the grudge match between Froch and Groves II, Ricky Hatton brought 55,000 fans to Manchester, a then record for a boxing match post-World War Two.

Hatton dazzled his army of fans for years, even attracting tens upon thousands to travel across the pond to support him despite NOT even having tickets for the show.

His popularity has been unrivalled over the years and was a cult hero to many.

However, Joshua has now taken over as Box-Office king in the UK has been labelled as potentially a ‘billion-dollar fighter’ with venues around America and Dubai keeping close tabs on the Brits next move.

Asked if AJ can hit the same heights, Hatton, a former two-weight world champion, was quick to outline the differences in personality, crediting the Londoner for his disciple. He also insisted the world champion was the king of his division.

“He’s different to me, I was more of comedian, a Jack the lad, a joker whilst Anthony is down to earth, a role model and really has his feet on the floor,” Hatton exclusively told World Boxing News.

“He’s really humble and just a nice guy. We haven’t just got the best heavyweight in the world, we’ve also got a nice guy as well.”

If AJ’s rematch against Klitschko doesn’t happen, then it is likely the Brit will take on IBF number one mandatory in Kubrat Pulev.

Either way, expect a jam-packed Arena or Stadium with thousands echoing Anthony Joshua’s name around the building.

Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95