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Anthony Joshua wants to recreate 'Rumble In The Jungle' with fight in DR Congo; talks Idris Elba and Israel Adesanya

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Whatever happens in Anthony Joshua's defence of the WBA, WBO and IBF titles against Oleksandr Usyk at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday, the incumbent champion's dream of one day headlining a stadium show on the continent of Africa remains as strong as ever.

'AJ' has repeatedly gone on record to say that he wants at least one of his fights to take place in Africa, with the most famous example of such a spectacle coming on Oct. 30, 1974 when Muhammad Ali and George Foreman contested one of the most iconic boxing bouts of all time with 'The Rumble In The Jungle' in Kinshasa, Zaire (a country now known as the Democratic Republic of the Congo). 

Joshua namedropped the Ali-Foreman 'Rope-A-Dope' bout as his favourite fight on DAZN's 10 Rounds quick-fire interview with the champ, and the London 2012 gold medalist noted that he wants a 'Rumble In The Jungle' of his own one day once his battle with fellow 2012 Olympic champion Usyk is in the books.

"I remember when I first started boxing, and my friend said 'Yo yo yo, watch this fight'," recalls Joshua. "I watched it and thought to myself: 'So that's what I'm going to be going through, the heavyweight division!'

"The punches and the adversity those two faced. Man, they put on a great show. And that was one of the earliest memories I've had of a real tear-up at heavyweight.

"My dream fight venue is in the Congo, the old Zaire, where the Rumble in the Jungle took place."

Check out the full 10 Rounds feature here, as Joshua discusses the idea of having Idris Elba portray him in a biopic, how impressed he is with the UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya, and more.

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