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Anthony Joshua’s new fame has brought with it attention from some impressive personalities – including the musicians Sir Elton and Dr Dre.

The former had been in touch with the 27-year-old before the contest and bought the pay-per-view event on Saturday night to watch at home as he recovers from a bacterial infection. Dre was ringside.

“We spoke to Elton John before the fight. He sent a message, saying he would like to speak to me,” revealed Joshua. “He’s a Watford man. It felt surreal, Elton John wanting to talk to me. He’s following boxing, not just me. He just wanted to pass on a good luck message as a fellow Watford guy and wish me good luck.”

“He’s had to cancel some shows because he’s been ill, but he was going to buy the pay-per-view and watch it. I started laughing when he said that and said ‘no illegal streams I hope’,” added Joshua, who was first raised in Watford before moving to North London.
He revealed that he’d love to go to a Watford game. At one time, it was his “dream” to fight at Vicarage Road. With a 30,000 capacity, it would no longer be bigger enough to support a fight involving the heavyweight who, overnight, became one of biggest sports commodities in the world.

And Joshua was taken aback when the hip hop artist and music producer made contact. “I was baffled and shocked. What is it like? It’s just inspirational. He knows what we’re doing. I took inspiration from that. I thought: ‘How am I speaking to Dr Dre?‘”

Anthony, who is now being eyed by a variety of chat show hosts, got the sum of £15 million for beating Wladimir Klitschko last weekend – the biggest purse earned by a British fighter on home soil.

Only Ricky Hatton has picked up more in one night, as he earned in excess of £15 million for his clash with Floyd Mayweather Jr in 2007 in Las Vegas.