Nigerian-British boxer, Anthony Joshua, has ruled out taking on legendary Mike Tyson in a boxing bout on his return to the ring as he believes no fan would want to see the current heavyweight champion prevail.
The man who currently holds three of the four world title belts, in an interview with The Sun of UK, said ‘With all due respect I wouldn’t when asked if he would step in the ring with the 53-year old.
“With all due respect, I wouldn’t [fight Tyson],” Joshua told The Sun. “Even if I fought Iron Mike and beat him, I think I’d be the only one cheering. People would boo. He is a legend. He is the greatest boxer of the modern era.
“There are only two recognized champions the world knows of, [Muhammad] Ali and Mike Tyson, the most recognized faces in the world when it comes to boxing.” ‘There are only two recognised champions the world knows of, Ali and Mike Tyson — the most recognised faces in the world when it comes to boxing.’
Joshua also talked about a different Tyson — Fury.
“I don’t want to be in that position where I am talking down Tyson Fury,” Joshua told The Sun. “He is a great person and he has done great things in boxing, but until the day we fight, that is where it ends and I don’t have anything else to say about him. I really want the belt and that is where I stand with Tyson Fury.”