• Muhammad Ali's daughters said that Anthony Joshua reminds them of their dad
  • Ali's daughters think Joshua is handsome like their dad
  • Ali never hated Joe Frazier outside the boxing ring

Muhammad Ali’s daughters, Maryum and Hana, said that British boxing champ Anthony Joshua reminds them of their dad.

In his Hall of Fame career, Ali has been widely considered as the “greatest of all time.” To this day, noboy has ever emulated his ring tactics and efficiency. However, Ali’s own flesh and blood recently revealed that among all the heavyweight champs, Joshua is the closest thing to the GOAT.

In an exclusive interview with Boxing News and Views, Maryum and Hana Ali enthusiastically talked about their late father and his stellar boxing career.

Still pumped up after hitting the punching bags, Maryum and Hana first revealed that aside from boxing, they also enjoy watching MMA.

“Literally we just got off the punching bag — we’re literally pumped!,” Hana said.

“I watch MMA because my husband is an MMA fighter. I watch some boxing too!,” Hana continued.

When asked about who among the new breed of top heavyweights deserves to be compared to Ali, both of the Ali sisters agreed that Joshua is the only heavyweight that reminds them of their late father.

“I’ve seen Anthony Joshua fight! He’s a great boxer. I watched a documentary about him. He seems like a really nice, humble man,” Maryum said.

“I think Anthony Joshua reminds me of daddy the most out of the modern heavyweights,” Hana added.

All of a sudden, Maryum barged in and said that aside from sharing the same qualities in the boxing ring as their dad, “AJ” is handsome like their Ali too.

“He’s handsome like daddy!,” Maryum said about Joshua.

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Anthony Joshua said his next fight should ideally be against Deontay Wilder. In this picture, Joshua celebrates with the IBF, WBA Super, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight belts after his IBF, WBA Super, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight Championship title fight against Alexander Povetkin at Wembley Stadium in London, England, Sept. 22, 2018. Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

When asked to share more about their thoughts on their father and his true relationship with his long-time rival Joe Frazier, Hana cleared the air and stated that Ali never hated Frazier outside the ring. She even recalled the time when their father personally called Frazier to wish him a merry Christmas.

“Okay, so my father had nothing against Joe Frazier. He made audio recordings in the 1970’s home audio recording and he actually called Joe Frazier to wish him happy a Christmas — so there’s something that some people might not know,” Hana addressed.

“The most important message here is to be clear that was a one sided rivalry on Joe’s side. My father never held grudges with anyone. He loved and forgave everyone,” Hana continued.

The “ Thrilla in Manila ” is still considered as Ali’s most iconic fight. However, in a 1975 February issue of THE RING magazine , the GOAT revealed that it was Sonny Liston and Frazier who gave him the toughest challenge of his career.

“The toughest would be my fight with Sonny Liston, when I won the title in 1964,” Ali revealed.

“Liston had a tremendous jab, could punch with either hand, was smart in the ring and as strong as any heavyweight I’d ever seen,” Ali recalled.

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Muhammad Ali poses with gloves in this undated portrait. Action Images/Sporting Pictures/File Photo