Boxing legend Mike Tyson believes he would have beaten Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua in his best time
Boxing legend Mike Tyson thinks he would have beaten Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua in his prime but admits he doesn’t know if he would beat Deontay Wilder
- Mike Tyson praised Tyson Fury’s ‘faith’ in his first fight against Deontay Wilder
- Tyson also praised Anthony Joshua, but believes he needs even more experience
- Wilder previously claimed he would ‘kick’ an excellent Mike Tyson
- Tyson revealed he loves the fact that Wilder believes he could have beaten him
Boxing legend Mike Tyson claims he would have beaten Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua in his prime but admits he ‘don’t know’ if he would have triumphed over Deontay Wilder.
With 44 knockout wins in his illustrious career, Tyson will always be regarded as one of the greats in boxing, but questions have always remained about how ‘Iron’ Mike would fare in today’s heavyweight scene.
The 55-year-old who recently made his comeback in an exhibition game against Roy Jones Jr revealed that he is a fan of Fury and Joshua but claims he would have beaten the pair ‘without a doubt’ in his best time.
Mike Tyson insists he would have beaten Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua in his best time
Tyson was impressed with the ‘faith’ Fury showed in his first fight against Deontay Wilder
‘Yes. Listen, if you ask me if I was 20 years old, yes, there’s no doubt about that.’ Tyson said on his Hotboxing podcasting.
“They are really good fighters and I respect all these skills. It would have been very hard to fight them.’
‘Iron’ Mike also revealed that he is a fan of Fury and was impressed with his performance in his first fight against Wilder, which ended in a controversial draw.
“In the first fight I was hoping for Tyson Fury, I always pulled for him because he was named after me, that’s normal, right?”
‘He surprised a lot of people by standing up. He showed he is strong, he got up and won the last round. I thought it was over, then he stood up and it was like Rocky, then he fought back. It was great, it made me a fan. It takes a lot of fortitude and faith.”
Tyson is also a fan of Anthony Joshua, but says he ‘needs more experience’ in the ring
Earlier this year, Tyson also revealed his admiration for current WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO champion Anthony Joshua.
“Hey, I really like him. Do you know what he is? He really is a breath of fresh air.
“He’s really clean, he looks really clean, he’s a clean man, he’s a clean fighter, he’s a good puncher.
“You just wish him the best. I do not know. My ego says, ‘No one would beat you’ – but you look at him and… he just looks beautiful.
“He just looks like a fighter, you know? He looks like he was born to do what he has to do. Of course he needs more experience, but that comes in life.’
Fury (left) defeated Wilder (right) in their re-match last February to win the WBC title
Wilder, was completely defeated by Fury in their second fight, losing the WBC and Ring magazine belts last March.
However, before that loss, the ‘Bronze Bomber’ insisted that he would have beaten ‘Iron’ Mike in his prime.
Wilder claimed, “I vs. Tyson in ’86, I’d kick that guy rotten. Listen, I gotta keep it real. I know people always go back to the old school or look at the new school and there is no school where I am not number 1 in the world.”
Responding to those comments before his defeat to Fury, Tyson said: ‘I don’t know’ [whether I’d beat him].
“I love that he thinks that, because that’s what I would think too. That’s how he’s supposed to think, he’s the heavyweight world champion and that’s something very special.’