Anthony Joshua reveals he wants Idris Elba or Denzel Washington to play him in biopic of his life ahead of Usyk fight

ANTHONY JOSHUA named Idris Elba and Denzel Washington as the two movies stars he would pick to play him in a biopic.

Will Smith famously played the great Muhammad Ali in the 2001 blockbuster.

Anthony Joshua ahead of his rematch with Oleksandr UsykCredit: AFP
Denzel Washington starred as boxer Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter in 1999Credit: Reuters
Idris Elba is an avid fight fanCredit: Rex

And in 1999, Washington starred as Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter, the boxer who was accused of murder and convicted to three life terms.

AJ was clearly impressed and revealed he would love to have the American play him.

He said: “I would love Denzel Washington to play me in a movie of my life.”

But remembering the accent may be a barrier, Joshua quickly picked fight-fan Elba as an alternative.


He added: “Well actually sorry he is American, so it would have to be Idris Elba.”

Elba was in London last September the night Joshua was beaten by Oleksandr Usyk.

Now AJ prepares for a revenge mission fit for Hollywood in a rematch with Usyk in Saudi Arabia on Saturday.

Joshua is still haunted by the box-and-move tactics he deployed the first time around as he prepares for all out war.

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He told Sky Sports: “I wanted to outbox my opponent, whether it was Usyk or anyone else, that was the mindset.

“I wanted to outbox my opponent and on Saturday I want to smash my opponent. That’s just the mindset now.”

He added: “I was amateur for three and a half years and I did a lot in that time and I asked myself how?

“It wasn’t down to the skill element, because I was outclassed in terms of skill and experience by a lot of my competitors on the world scene, but that aggression.

“That will was something that couldn’t be denied. Then as you get more experience you try to develop as a rounded athlete.

“But ultimately, you can’t take your eye off the factor of what got you to where you are which is, as you said, that aggressiveness.”

Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua rematch in Saudi ArabiaCredit: GETTY

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