By Nick Parkinson, courtesy of The Daily Star
KELL BROOK once gave Anthony Joshua advice when he was an unknown amateur – but now he is in awe of the new king of boxing.
Joshua’s breathtaking battle with Wladimir Klitschko last weekend has made the British heavyweight a global superstar.
A record 90,000 fans saw the fight at Wembley Stadium and on UK pay-per-view TV – but Sheffield’s IBF welterweight champ Brook remembers meeting Joshua as an amateur before his 2012 Olympic gold medal success.
Brook said: “It’s inspiring what AJ has done. I saw him at Bethnal Green before the Olympics and he was a nobody back then – people were walking past him.
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“I told him Eddie Hearn was the best promoter to be with and to carry on doing what he was doing and Eddie would give him the platform to make a name for himself.
“He was an amateur back then but I could see a twinkle in his eyes and he looked great."
Brook, 31, who makes a fourth title defence against unbeaten American Errol Spence at Bramall Lane on May 27, added: “AJ is the Messiah of boxing and I would love to see him fight Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder.”
Fury meanwhile, has poured fuel on the fire of a potential fight against Joshua.
He said: “I always said Wladimir would be my easiest fight. Now I change the goal posts, AJ will be my easiest fight.
“I’ve never been more confident or serious when I say something, I will play with Joshua like a cat with a ball of wool.”