Anthony Joshua boxes on top of Burj Al Arab in Dubaibai

David Cooper 22/11/2017
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Anthony Joshua has joined an elite list of sporting icons to perform on the famous helipad at the top of the Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai.

The world heavyweight champion took to Instagram to post footage of him boxing in a ring constructed at the top of the third tallest hotel in the world, 689 feet above ground.

The most recognisable helipad is a huge media attraction and has played host to a select few sports personalities in the past.

Tiger Woods teed off from the platform back in 2004 while Andre Agassi and Roger Federer played tennis on it the following year. Rory McIlroy performed a bunker shot at the same spot in 2011 and David Coulthard pulled off a few donuts in a Formula One car in 2013.

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Joshua took part in a training session at the top of the iconic building in support of the Dubai Fitness Challenge 30X30.

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Zolani Tete makes boxing history with record-quick knockout

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Zolani Tete took just 11 seconds to record the fastest knockout in world championship fight history in Belfast on Saturday night.

The South African etched his name into the record books when he flattened countryman Siboniso Gonya with his first punch to retain his World Boxing Organisation bantamweight crown.

Tete floored his opponent with a devastating right hook after just five seconds and the referee stopped the contest officially just six seconds later when it became clear Gonya was out cold.

It is the fastest knockout in a world championship bout, eclipsing the record held by WBO super-bantamweight champion Daniel Jimenez who stopped Harald Geier in 17 seconds in 1994.

“I’ve been preparing so hard for this fight,” Tete told the BoxNation television channel. “I knew Gonya wasn’t going to last.

“My trainers are the ones doing the job behind the scenes, I would like to thank them.”

Promoter Frank Warren added: “He was gone before he hit the canvas. Tete is something special.”

After his astonishing quick-fire win, Tete has set his sights on facing Northern Ireland’s Ryan Burnett.

Burnett is a unified bantamweight world champion, having held the IBF title since June 2017 and the WBA title since October 2017.

“I would love to fight Ryan Burnett. I believe he stays here, this is his hometown, so we should see who is king of the bantamweights,” Tete said.

On the same card, local hero Jamie Conlan failed in his attempt to win a world title when the Northern Irishman was stopped in the sixth round by Filipino International Boxing Federation super flyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas in a one-sided contest.

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Tyson Fury responds to Anthony Joshua's Twitter trash talk

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Hitting back: Tyson Fury.

Tyson Fury has fired back at world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua who had goaded his rivals in a series of provocative Twitter posts on Thursday as he looks to line up his next fight.

Having successfully defended his IBF and WBA titles against Carlos Takam last month, Joshua has voiced a desire to unify the division.

He sent tweets to WBO champion Joseph Parker and WBC title-holder Deontay Wilder, as well as taunting fellow Briton Tyson Fury, who has not fought since November 2015 due to fitness and mental health issues.

Joshua, 28, sent New Zealand’s Parker a GIF of Kermit the Frog drinking tea, along with the message:

He sent Wilder, known as the ‘Bronze Bomber’, a link to an 18-minute YouTube interview in which he spoke of his desire to fight the American, who has said he would be prepared to fight Joshua in Britain.

In an accompanying tweet, Joshua wrote: “A little word on the fight. Ready & waiting for the offer.”

His third and final tweet, sent to Fury, read:

Fury sent out a message to Joshua on Instagram, saying: “I’ll punch your face in bad boy.”

Joshua complained on Wednesday that potential opponents were happy to talk up the possibility of fighting him without attempting to make a bout happen.

He said his promoter, Eddie Hearn, was flying to the United States to try to strike a deal to fight Wilder. But Parker’s promoter, David Higgins, has claimed his fighter has an agreement to fight Joshua next.​

Joshua will be in Dubai for the finale of the Dubai Fitness Challenge on November 17 and 18 at Burj Park.

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