Anthony Joshua: Roy Keane would be a 'great boxer'

Anthony Joshua claims Roy Keane would be a ‘great boxer’ due to his no-nonsense persona and believes Manchester United need a character like the Irishman in the dressing room 

  • Anthony Joshua believes ex-footballer Roy Keane would be perfect in boxing 
  • Keane was known for his tough-tackling performances and disciplinary record
  • Joshua claims boxing needs a no-nonsense personality like Keane in the sport
  • Keane was sent off twice in his Manchester United career for punching players 

Anthony Joshua has described Roy Keane as someone who could make a ‘good boxer’ and believes his character could sort out Manchester United’s problems.

The Watford-born boxer won his only fight in 2020 against Kubrat Pulev earlier this month but is preparing for a busy 2021 which could see him take on Tyson Fury in an all-British unification heavyweight clash.

When asked which footballer would be most suited to a life in the ring, Joshua pointed out Keane’s no-nonsense persona as a perfect boxing characteristic.  

Anthony Joshua (above) claims former footballer Roy Keane would be perfect at boxing

Joshua praised Keane’s (above) no-nonsense persona and that Man United need him right now

Joshua told DAZN: ‘If I was to pick a footballer who could make a great boxer… Roy Keane.

‘Manchester United need someone like him, to get in there and say it how it is, doesn’t take any nonsense. In boxing, that’s the type of person you need to have. 

‘Eric Cantona, come in, shirt up, he had the aura of a champion.’

During his Manchester United playing days, Keane was known for his tough-tackling demeanour though did throw a couple of punches on the pitch during his career.

Keane (right) was sent off twice for punching in his career – including one on Alan Shearer (left)

The Irish midfielder threw a punch at Middlesbrough’s Norwegian striker Jan Fjortoft in October 1995, though Manchester United still won the game 2-0.

Six years later, Keane was shown another red card for a punch on Alan Shearer in a 4-3 defeat for United at St James’ Park.  

Keane holds the joint-record for the most red cards in English football history with 13 dismissals. 

No player in English football has a greater red card ally in English football than Keane (above)

One of the red cards was a high tackle on Manchester City midfielder Alf-Inge Haaland which ended the Norwegian player’s career. 

Keane was given a £155,000 fine and an eight-game ban for the tackle after admitting in his autobiography that he meant the serious foul play.

However, the former midfielder has just 69 top-flight yellow cards across his career, which is over half of the number of record-holder Gareth Barry with 119. 

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