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Anthony Joshua taking inspiration from Sir Alex Ferguson ahead of Cartlos Takam clash

ANTHONY JOSHUA is taking inspiration from Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson before his Cardiff clash with Carlos Takam.

The WBA and IBF heavyweight champ puts his titles on the line at the Principality Stadium in front of 78,000 fans tonight.

Anthony Joshua is taking inspiration from Manchester United ahead of his next fight

But Joshua, 28, says a chat with former United defender Rio Ferdinand has taught him how to get the winning mentality.

Joshua said: “I was speaking to Rio Ferdinand and that’s what he was saying, the mindset years ago at Manchester United was, ‘What’s next?’.

“He said he would win a big game and everyone would be celebrating and he would be speaking to the gaffer and saying, ‘What’s next, who have we got?’.

“The mind set was to keep pushing on.

Sir Alex Ferguson and Rio Ferdinand won numerous trophies together at Manchester United
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Anthony Joshua takes on Carlos Takam in Cardiff tonight
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“That’s the next game, what’s the next trophy. That’s the winning mind set Sir Alex Ferguson instilled in them.

“That mind set is not just in boxing, it’s in football, tennis, business. It’s just who I am.

“That winning mentality is just me in life.”

Fergie is arguably the greatest manager of all time with 49 career trophies while Ferdinand won six league titles, two League Cups and the Champions League during his Old Trafford career.

Anthony Joshua looks confident going into his heavyweight title defence
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