Boxing news: Mike Tyson announcement, Tyson Fury’s Anthony Joshua warning, BJS on Canelo

Boxing news – Mike Tyson gives update on comeback fight

Former undisputed heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson has revealed he expects to finalise his comeback fight by the end of the week.

“Na, na we got many guys,” he said. “Listen we’ve got so many guys that want to do this man.

“We’re in calls, we’re doing business with guys right now.

“You’re not going to believe the names when the names come out. Sometime this week we’ll have the contract done.

“And whatever money we get, it’s going to somebody else.

“I’m not going to make any money, probably the company, my wife because she’s partners with me, she’ll make some probably. But my money is going.”

Boxing news – Tyson Fury issues Anthony Joshua fight warning

Sometime this week we’ll have the contract done

Mike Tyson on his comeback fight

WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has insisted Deontay Wilder can still throw a spanner into the works of his proposed unification fight with Anthony Joshua.

“What happens if I get sparked out by Wilder in the rematch?” Fury asked during an interview with Sky Sports.

“If lockdown finishes and we get a vaccine and the world gets back to normal I can see two fights with Joshua next year.

“Assuming I get past Wilder, which is not a given.”

Boxing news – Billy Joe Saunders discusses Canelo fight

WBO super-middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders is adamant he has the tools to dethrone unified middleweight king Canelo Alvarez.

“I believe I have the tools to beat him,” Saunders said during an appearance on Talk the Talk with Eddie Hearn and Tony Bellew.

“He is an exceptionally great fighter one of the best, but to be the best you have to beat these types of people. He is the cash cow, the big man, everybody in boxing knows him. He is the man I would love to beat.”

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Evander Holyfield open to completing trilogy with Mike Tyson

‘If he hits me I’m going to hit back’: Evander Holyfield open to completing trilogy with Mike Tyson for charity

  • Evander Holyfield admitted he is ready to fight Mike Tyson for a third time 
  • Holyfield, 57, fought Tyson, 53, in two epic bouts and will fight again for charity
  • Tyson has shared numerous videos of himself back in training in the gym 

Former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield has said he is open to facing one-time rival Mike Tyson in a trilogy fight for charity on the condition that Tyson asks for the bout to be set up.

Tyson, 53, fought two epic bouts with Holyfield, 57, during their professional careers, including their controversial 1997 encounter in which Tyson bit off a chunk of Holyfield’s ear.

‘Iron Mike’ had released several training videos in recent weeks fuelling speculation he could be returning to the ring, while Holyfield announced his return for a charity bout on Instagram earlier this month.

Evander Holyfield (R) remains open to the prospect of fighting Mike Tyson (L) a third time

The pair first met in Las Vegas in November 1995 with Holyfield eventually winning by TKO

In the second fight, Tyson was disqualified for biting his opponent’s ear in horrific scenes

‘If I ask him it’s almost like me being a bully saying I want to go against somebody I’ve beaten twice,’ Holyfield told the BBC. ‘I don’t want pressure on me that “you just want to fight Mike because you know you can beat him”.

‘If he hits me I’m going to hit back. I’m going to be 58, he’ll be 54, you talk about being in good health and doing things the proper way that respects it. I don’t have no problem with it.’

Tyson, the first heavyweight to hold the WBA, WBC and IBF titles, retired after a loss to Kevin McBride in 2005, while Holyfield called time on his career nine years later.

If they do return, they will be following in the footsteps of Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao in coming out of retirement for an exhibition fight.

Tyson has taken to social media to demonstrate he still possesses frightening hand speed

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Mike Perry says only his GIRLFRIEND will be in his corner

‘I’m not listening to any coaches right now’: UFC fan favourite Mike Perry ditches trainers and says only his GIRLFRIEND will be in his corner for future bouts in a bid to transform poor run of form in the octagon

  • UFC fan favourite Mike Perry says he has ditched his coaches for future fights 
  • The 28-year-old is in a poor run of form, having lost five of his last seven bouts 
  • Perry says only his girlfriend will be in his corner when he next fights in MMA
  • England’s Darren Till is keen to fight Perry on the UFC’s ‘Fight Island’  

UFC star Mike Perry has decided to ditch his coaches for future MMA bouts, revealing only his girlfriend will be in his corner for upcoming fights. 

The welterweight, who has lingered in the top 30 fighters in the division for some time, has chosen to mix things up after enduring a poor run of form inside the octagon. 

‘Platinum’ has won just two of his last seven bouts, convincing the 28-year-old that wholesale changes need to be made in his coaching set up. 

UFC star Mike Perry has ditched his trainers, saying only his girlfriend will be in his corner

Latory Gonzalez (right) and a friend will be the only people in his corner when he fights next

And the fan favourite has revealed that only his girlfriend, Latory Gonzalez, will be in his corner when he next enters the octagon. 

‘My girlfriend, just her. If not, her and her friend,’ he told MMA Junkie. ‘I’m not listening to any coaches right now.

‘Coaches who are saying things that they ain’t gonna go in there and do. They want it to be this way or this way, and like it’s a totally different way.

‘I need a guy like me to hold mitts; I want to hold mitts for myself to be honest with you. I can show people a couple of techniques or whatever, and I’m just ready to fight for my life… Ain’t nobody gonna take this from me.’

‘Platinum’ is on a poor run of form, having lost five of his previous bouts in the octagon

The 28-year-old dismissed the role of trainers, saying he doesn’t need advice between rounds 

The American also dismissed the role of those in a fighter’s corner during bouts. 

‘All I need the corner for is to pass me the bottle of water, wipe my head off or put the ice on my neck when I get hot coming in between the rounds,’ he added.

‘It’s probably not gonna go more than five minutes, and if it does, all I need is a bottle of water.

‘I need to sip a drink, put some ice on my neck, and I don’t need no advice.’ 

Perry has had a love-hate relationship with UFC rival Darren Till, having sparred with the Englishman in the past. 

Till has expressed his intention to meet his foe in a future bout on ‘Fight Island’, the mysterious location in which UFC President Dana White wishes to host events during the coronavirus crisis. 

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Khabib Nurmagomedov goes ballistic at Conor McGregor over GOAT snub

Khabib Nurmagomedov opened fired at Conor McGregor after his UFC rival offered his take on the ‘GOAT’ debate in the UFC.

McGregor laid out his GOAT rankings on social media, declaring Anderson Silva the greatest of all time, putting himself at No.2, Georges St-Pierre at No.3 and Jon Jones at No.4.

Nurmagomedov, who is unbeaten in his MMA career and has a dominant win over McGregor, was not mentioned and the Russian was fuming with McGregor’s assessment.

He said: ‘You tapped out in featherweight , you tapped out in lightweight and you tapped in welterweight , you never defended title in the UFC or Cage Warriors , you gave up more than GSP, Spider and Bones all together.

‘You’re the greatest UFC fighter in Twitter history.’

McGregor was targeting a busy year before the coronavirus pandemic hit the globe and caused sport to grind to a halt.

Both Nurmagomedov and McGregor have been in lockdown in their home countries due to the virus, but the Irishman has not stopped provoking his rivals on social media.

‘I didn’t mentions PED (performance-enhancing drugs) results on multiple entrants, even though that makes me the clear current No.1 MMA GOAT, along with still being active.

‘Although it shames, as well as puts all runs+finishes in complete doubt, I’ve snored multiple juice heads. A true GOAT must do it all.

‘Clarity on Silva’s earlier no.1 spot. Most stylistic finishes on resume. Front kicks to face. Up elbow (albeit outside UFC) Thai plum knees leading to broken facial bones.

‘Long list of jaw dropping finishes. Myself/Anderson have the most exciting/important finishes in the sport!

‘And I’m only warming up. One more on George/Jon decision that will clear why I originally gave George 3 and Jon 4 before a maybe tied 3.

‘A lot of Jons opponents were Anderson’s 185lb opponents but the array of stoppages where not there, or nowhere near Anderson’s despite the weight advantage to do so.’

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Mike Tyson strips off to stop ‘Jake the Snake’ at AEW ahead of comeback

Mike Tyson has proved he still has the fear factor by making his presence known at All Elite Wrestling (AEW).

The former boxing heavyweight champion was present to award the new TNT Championship belt to tonight's champion.

He was ringside as the contest between Cody Rhodes and Lance Archer was in progress.

But fellow wrestler Jake 'The Snake' Roberts tried to make his presence felt and bought with him a sack that notoriously has a snake inside.

Tyson wasn't about to let him interfere however and stopped him in his tracks.

Iron Mike ripped his t-shirt off and Roberts quickly retreated.

Tyson's physique has been a talking point recently after he posted several videos of himself training.

The 53-year-old is preparing to return to the ring for an exhibition fight and has said he feels in great shape.

He told Lil Wayne on his Young Money Radio show: “I’m feeling better than I’ve ever felt in my life. God has been merciful to me man. I’m gonna get on with it, I’m looking good. Yo Wayne, I’m 230 [pounds] right now!

“Man I’m just getting ready you know, I’m just getting ready to help some people out who are less fortunate than me. I’m gonna do this charity event.

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The 10 worst heavyweight champions of all time

From the man who ruled for all of 64 days before being ousted by Mike Tyson to Charles Martin’s embarrassing reign and the average Joe professional who once dethroned Muhammad Ali – here are the WORST heavyweight champions of all time

  • There’s been some legendary fighters to have ruled as heavyweight champion
  • But not every man to capture a major heavyweight belt has been a world beater
  • Sportsmail takes a look at the worst champions in boxing’s blue-riband division

It could be down to the senseless number of world titles up for grabs in these modern times or the fact that one punch can change it all in heavyweight boxing, but throughout history there have been some truly shocking and unlikely rulers of the sport’s blue-riband division.

Becoming the heavyweight champion is widely seen as the pinnacle of all sporting achievements, but not every man to have claimed a major belt has been cut from the same cloth as Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson or Wladimir Klitschko.

We are in a golden era of heavyweight boxing now with the likes of Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua helping to restore the glory days.

But it hasn’t always been the cream-of-the-crop fighters who have reigned supreme in the land of the giants.

Here, Sportsmail compiles a list of the 10 worst heavyweights to have been crowned world champion.

We are in a golden era with Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury helping restore boxing’s glory days

This is the short tale of when a prince became king, promised to conquer all and then got dethroned after faltering in his first expedition. 

Charles Martin was only given a world title shot because a boardroom of people decided he was next in line after Tyson Fury was stripped of the IBF belt.

Vyacheslav Glazkov was the man pitted against him. The Ukrainian, though smaller in stature, was fancied to take home the belt, but in the second round suffered an horrific knee injury. Unable to stand, he was subsequently pulled out in the third.

Charles Martin got a rude awakening when his reign as champ was ended by Anthony Joshua

Martin was floored twice before being stopped in the second round of his first title defence

Martin, who had got the shot on a technicality, was then handed the belt without breaking a sweat. Talk about the silver-spoon treatment.

The southpaw American ventured across the pond to make his first defence against Anthony Joshua only to leave swiftly with his tail between his legs. 

Joshua demolished Martin with ease in just two rounds and ended what was one of the strangest and shortest heavyweight reigns in history.

James Buster Douglas

James Buster Douglas will forever hold a place in boxing folklore for knocking out Mike Tyson in the biggest upset in heavyweight history.

No one will ever forget that night.

Douglas came into the fight with an undistinguished record and was facing the most feared man on the planet at that time.

James Douglas stunned the world when he sent Mike Tyson tumbling and out for the count

Douglas’ win was the biggest upset in heavyweight history but his reign would be short-lived

It was supposed to be a knock-over job for Tyson. But Douglas tore up the script and fulfilled his own dream by becoming world champion.

He secured a mega fight against Evander Holyfield next but was horribly out of his depth and was stopped in the third round.

Douglas would never scale those heights in the ring again and bowed out in 1999 as one of the unlikeliest men to hold the undisputed heavyweight championship. At least he will always have that famed night in Japan.

Tony Tucker 

For ability and talent alone, Tony ‘TNT’ Tucker far exceeds most on this list.

This was a man who had real amateur pedigree, finishing his career with 115 wins and just six defeats before turning over to the pro ranks.

As well as skill, Tucker possessed dynamite in his fists, claiming 47 knockouts from his 57 victories as a professional.

Tony Tucker was relieved of his world heavyweight title by Tyson just 64 days after winning it

He also took heavyweight greats Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis the full distance, so he certainly belonged at world level.

Unfortunately, his place in boxing history will always be defined by the fact he is the shortest reigning world heavyweight champion ever.

Tucker ruled for just 64 days as the IBF champion before being outpointed by Tyson in a relatively close fight. 

Bermane Stiverne

Bermane Stiverne is another on this list to win the world heavyweight title and then lose it immediately.

The American was crowned WBC champion after stopping fringe-level fighter Chris Arreola midway through their contest for the vacant belt in 2014.

He came unstuck against Deontay Wilder in a very watchable 12-round clash eight months later.

Bermane Stiverne was crowned WBC champion after stopping Chris Arreola back in 2014

Stiverne lost his title against Deontay Wilder and was flattened in their rematch years later

Stiverne returned to winning ways in late 2015 before vanishing off the scene for two years.

His comeback in 2017 was a re-run of his intriguing encounter with knockout artist Wilder but this time he was grossly out of shape and gunned out in the first round.

He is now a gate-keeper in the heavyweight division and last fought in 2019, losing to British hopeful Joe Joyce. 

Primo Carnera   

He was a modern-day giant of his time but dodgy dealings and suspicious match-making left plenty of question marks over his legitimacy.

At 6 ft 6, Carnera towered over most heavyweights of the 1930s era and on more than one occasion held a six-stone advantage over his opponent – he was the heaviest man to ever win a world title before Nikolai Valuev become champion in 2005.

With a professional record of 89 victories and 14 defeats, Carnera looks, on the face of it, to have been a worthy champion.

Primo Carnera pictured flooring Jack Sharkey during their world title fight in New York in 1931

Carnera (L) was a giant of his time but was alleged to have been run by mobs (not pictured)

He also still boasts the record for winning more fights by knockout than any other heavyweight titlist in boxing history (72).

Carnera claimed the NBA, NYSAC, The Ring, and lineal heavyweight titles after knocking out Jack Sharkey in 1933 but his reign was short-lived as he lost the belts after making just two successful defences.

He was stripped of his titles by Max Baer and was reportedly knocked down during that fight 12 times. Carnera was backed by a group of prosperous but shady entrepreneurs and was alleged to have been mob controlled with the majority of his fights reportedly being fixed.

Siarhei Liakhovich

The Belarus heavyweight enjoyed a decent amateur career and even represented his country at the 1996 Olympic Games.

But his professional career, aside from the night he became world champion, was far from spectacular.

Siarhei Liakhovich claimed the WBO world title after earning a unanimous points decision over Lamon Brewster in 2006.

Siarhei Liakhovich became an unlikely champion in 2006 and is pictured here with Don King

The Belarus heavyweight became a gatekeeper and was beaten by Robert Helenius in 2011

He was soon vacated as champion though, Shannon Briggs stopping him in the 12th round in what was his first defence.

Liakhovich lost his next fight against Nikolai Valuev and was used as a stepping stone for upcoming heavyweights towards the backend of his career. 

Robert Helenius, Bryant Jennings, Deontay Wilder and Andy Ruiz Jr all beat Liakhovich between 2011 and 2014. He last fought in 2019, being stopped by Canadian Simon Kean, and his current record stands at a modest 27 wins and 8 losses.  

Leon Spinks

An Olympic Gold medallist who once defeated ‘The Greatest’ but had the record of a journeyman, Leon Spinks is an enigma who defied all logic.

His shock victory over Muhammad Ali in 1978 in what was just his eighth professional fight remains even today one of the biggest upsets in heavyweight history.

The win saw Spinks become the first and only man to strip Ali of a world title in the ring.

Leon Spinks is held aloft after shocking the world to strip Muhammad Ali of his world titles

Ali avenged his defeat months later and Spinks’ career was consigned to the gutter afterwards

Ali avenged the defeat by dazzling his way to a points win in the rematch seven months later, with a record 2 billion people tuning in to watch the fight.

Spinks gained notoriety for the calamity which befell his career following the loss to Ali. 

Although he would challenge for the heavyweight world title again, in 1981, and the cruiserweight belt five years later, Spinks was left crumpled in a heap on both occasions and would finish his career with a record of 26 wins and 17 defeats.

Ingemar Johansson

Ingemar Johansson’s right-hand was appropriately described as the ‘Hammer of Thor’.

The late great Floyd Patterson knew all about taking a right-hand flush from Johansson. He was floored seven times in one round in his world title stoppage defeat against the big-punching Swede in 1959. 

They say revenge is a dish best served cold but Patterson wasted no time in righting the wrongs and left Johansson out for the count in an immediate rematch and a succeeding trilogy bout.

Ingemar Johansson viciously battered Floyd Patterson to become the champion in 1959

Patterson got his revenge by leaving the Swedish boxer knocked out cold in their rematch

Johansson’s reign as champion had lasted just shy of a year and although he bounced back after the consecutive defeats against Patterson, he would never scale those heights again.

He was even floored by journeyman fighter Wim Smoeak in 1961 and called it quits just four more fights after his greatest night. 

A colourful character outside the ring, Johansson was renowned for his penchant for night clubs as opposed to fight clubs and even had a hit-record back in his native Sweden.

Corrie Sanders

Another unlikely champion, Corrie Sanders seized his moment and then faded into boxing obscurity.

The South African was questionably sanctioned to face Wladimir Klitschko for the WBO world strap in March 2003 despite having only fought three rounds in the two years prior. 

Sanders was given only a puncher’s chance but stunned the world by blitzing the Ukrainian inside just two rounds.

Corrie Sanders upset the odds to destroy Wladimir Klitschko and become the world champion

Vitali Klitschko avenged his brother’s defeat by stopping the South African in his next fight

Determined to prove his knockout win wasn’t a fluke, Sanders targeted Wladimir’s brother Vitali next.

But lightning didn’t strike twice and Sanders was brought crashing back down to earth after being completely dominated and dismantled in eight rounds.

Sanders was known for being a heavy hitter and was hailed by Klitschko and Hasim Rahman – who he had floored in a closely fought knockout defeat earlier in his career – in the years after his retirement, but as champions go, he would be filed under the very ordinary.

Shannon Briggs  

‘Let’s go Champ’ has become Shannon Briggs’ relentlessly irritating campaign slogan to remain relevant.

Briggs thinks if he keeps shouting loud enough and long enough, opportunities will arise out of the blue.

That, unsurprisingly, has not worked so far. After all, his career began 28 years ago and even at the height of it, Briggs was not considered one of the major players in the heavyweight division.

Lennox Lewis left Shannon Briggs on his backside during their world title fight back in 1998

Briggs lost WBO world title in his first defence against Russian heavyweight Sultan Ibragimov

His own catchline could have only been accurately directed at him for all of 126 days: that’s how long his reign was as the WBO heavyweight champion.

He has had four world title fights in his career and won only one of them, losing to Lennox Lewis, Sultan Ibragimov and Vitali Klitschko.

Briggs has won 60 times during his pro career but has no outstanding names on his record aside from George Foreman and Ray Mercer, who were far past their prime when they shared the ring with him.  

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Tyson Fury issues warning to Anthony Joshua over Kubrat Pulev fight

Tyson Fury insists he is eager to take on Anthony Joshua in a unification fight but has warned his heavyweight rival that neither of them can afford to slip up in their upcoming bouts.

Despite talks of step-aside offers to facilitate a hotly-anticipated, all-British unification clash, Fury is still contracted to fight Deontay Wilder for a third time while AJ is due to take on Kubrat Pulev.

Fury says his focus is still firmly on beating Wilder and has stressed that neither he, nor Joshua, can take their eye of the ball if they want to set up a unification fight in 2021.

‘If I get knocked out by Deontay Wilder, then it won’t be on, will it,’ Fury told Sky Sports.

‘It will be another fight with Wilder and so forth and so on. If he loses to Pulev, so close, but so far away.

‘In heavyweight boxing, you can never count your chickens before they hatch, so one fight at a time. One victory at a time.

‘All going well, god willing, we get on the big fight with me and Joshua, the all-British showdown and I can give the fans what they want to see, especially the British fans.

‘It will be the biggest fight since I believe Lennox Lewis and Frank Bruno. It was a while ago, Cardiff Arms Park.’

Joshua was recently asked about Fury on Instagram Live, saying: ‘You know what? There will be even bigger [fights in my career] because I’m not going anywhere.

‘I’m here to make history. I’m hungry, I’m fired up, Fury’s just another opponent at the end of the day.

‘It’s going to be big for everyone else but I’ve got to keep myself together and I look at Fury like he’s just another fighter.’

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Amir Khan shuts door on fighting without fans amid coronavirus crisis

Amir Khan shuts the door on bouts without fans amid coronavirus pandemic: ‘An empty arena is not going to lift me up to fight, I will have to wait until they’re full again’

  • Eddie Hearn exclusively revealed to Sportsmail his plan to bring boxing back
  • But Amir Khan will wait for his next bout, when fans are able to attend the fights
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Amir Khan has shut the door on fighting without fans amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Matchroom Boxing chief Eddie Hearn exclusively revealed to Sportsmail his plan to bring boxing back to the UK from July last week.

But 33-year-old Khan has not entered the ring since beating Billy Dib in Saudi Arabia last year and will wait until fans are able to attend for his next bout.

Boxer Amir Khan has shut the door on fighting without fans amid the coronavirus pandemic

‘Fighting in empty arenas when it’s just you, your opponent and the referee just won’t have the same feel,’ he told The Mirror.

‘An empty arena is not going to lift me up to fight, I will have to wait until they’re full again.  

‘How are the fighters going to get motivated? I couldn’t do it but maybe other people can.’

Khan has not fought since beating Billy Dib last year and will wait for his next bout

Hearn intends to stage fight nights on four consecutive Saturdays in the 15-acre grounds of his Matchroom headquarters in Brentwood, Essex, as his plan to bring elite boxing back to Britain amid the coronavirus crisis. 

His £1million plan is to open with the all-Brit world title clash between Terri Harper and Natasha Jonas in mid-July, before closing with Dillian Whyte’s WBC interim heavyweight title fight against Alexander Povetkin in the first or second Saturday in August.  

The proposal, which is in its advanced stages, will see four cards of five fights each spread across a 28-day stretch. With a working title of Matchroom Fight Camp, the expenditure and the logistical exercise are significant amid the restrictions caused by Covid-19. 

Thirty-three-year-old Khan is happy to wait to enter the ring when fans are allowed to attend

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Anthony Joshua gives verdict on Mike Tyson making sensational boxing return at 53

Anthony Joshua has revealed he’d love to see Mike Tyson get back in the ring. Former undisputed heavyweight champion Tyson is gearing up to make a sensational return to the boxing ring at the ripe old age of 53.

‘Iron Mike’ has returned to full training – which is being overseen by legendary mixed martial arts coach Rafael Cordeiro – and looks to be in tip-top shape.

Tyson has been keeping combat sports fans across the globe up to date with his training, regularly sharing videos on social media.

The seemingly imminent return of Tyson – who is still regarded as the most feared fighter of all time – has divided opinion in the combat sports world.

While many fight fans are giddy at the prospect of Tyson lacing up his gloves again, plenty believe the Hall-of-Famer has no business being back in the ring at his age.

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I would love to see it.

Anthony Joshua on Mike Tyson’s boxing return

When it comes to Tyson’s impending return, reigning unified heavyweight champion Joshua falls into the former camp.

And regardless of if ‘The Baddest Man on the Planet’ fights in a charity bout or sanctioned boxing match, Joshua will tune in.

“This is what we breathe. This is what we are,” Joshua told GQ. “And especially someone like Iron Mike Tyson, that’s all that man knows.

“For everyone else, it’s a comeback, but for him, it’s just what he does. He’s a fighter, right?


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“He’s probably just took a little break but for everybody else, it’s like, ‘Oh my God! Mike Tyson is making a comeback!’

“But for Mike Tyson, it’s like, ‘This is what I do. I’m a fighter by nature’ so if he’s back in the ring then I would love to see it. I’d definitely be one of the viewers, that’s for sure.”

Despite his multiple controversies down the years, Joshua holds Tyson is extremely high regard.

He added: “When I watched him on YouTube, I see a little kid at 13 and I truly believe, no matter what anybody has to say about Mike Tyson now in terms of what he went through when he was fighting and some of the controversies, the guy took himself from his neighbourhood which wasn’t the prettiest of scenes, up to an amateur champion, to the youngest ever world champion, to one of the most recognised faces of the sport of boxing.

“The only two faces I recognised in boxing, globally, were Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson – they’re the main faces of this sport – so from where he started to where he is now, he’s my ultimate motivation.

“The reason I say that is because he was the closest guy to my generation so he holds a special place in my heart.”

Tyson, who retired from boxing in 2006 after back-to-back losses to journeyman Danny Williams and Kevin McBride, revealed his eagerness to return to the ring late last month.

During an Instagram Live broadcast with TI, he said: “I’ve been hitting the mitts for the last week.

“That’s been tough, my body is really jacked up and really sore from hitting the mitts.

“I’ve been working out, I’ve been trying to get in the ring, I think I’m going to box some exhibitions and get in shape.

“I want to go to the gym and get in shape to be able to box three or four-round exhibitions for some charities and stuff.

“Some charity exhibitions, make some money, help some homeless and drug-affected motherf****** like me.

“I do two hours on cardio, I do the bike and the treadmill for an hour, then I do some light weights, 300, 250 reps.

“Then I start my day with the boxing thing, I go in there and hit the mitts, 30 minutes, 25 minutes, start getting in better condition.

“I’m starting to put those combinations together. I’m in pain, I feel like three guys kicked the s*** out of me.”

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Conor McGregor tipped to take out Justin Gaethje after making chilling ‘butcher’ vow

Conor McGregor has been backed by Eddie Alvarez to get the better of Justin Gaethje. A showdown with the newly-crowned interim UFC lightweight champion is top of McGregor’s wish-list for the second outing of his 2020 “season.”

Gaethje’s crosshairs, however, are firmly set on a lightweight title unification with undisputed champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Nurmagomedov’s fighting future is currently up in the air due to his father’s ongoing health problems.

The UFC brass is hoping to have Nuragomedov vs Gaethje to take place in September, although that plan could soon change depending on his father’s health.

Should Nurmagomedov be unable to compete in the UFC’s timeframe, that could pave the way for a Gaethje vs McGregor match-up.

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I think a knockout [for McGregor]

Eddie Alvarez’s prediction for Conor McGregor vs Justin Gaethje

And should the bout come to fruition, Alvarez –  who has shared the Octagon with both men – reckons McGregor will get the better of Gaethje in devastating fashion.

“I think a knockout [for McGregor],” Alvarez told The Score MMA when asked to predict a matchup between the pair.

“I was able to catch him [Gaethje] quite a bit with punches.

“And you watch that Dustin [Poirier] was able to box him a little bit.”


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Alvarez’s prediction is based on Gaethje’s decision not to use his offensive wrestling since joining the UFC in 2017.

He added: “The thing with Justin is, if I thought he would implement a ground game, and he was gonna go in there and take Conor down and put him against the cage and do that, kind of do what Khabib did [against McGregor], do what I intended to do, if he was gonna implement that game, I would say Justin’s gonna do really well against him.”

“But just standing for standing, like a stand-up fight, which is what I feel like it’ll end up being, I feel like there’s just too many mistakes that Justin would make, and Conor would be able to kinda capitalise.”

A bout with McGregor would bring fan favourite Gaethje the biggest payday of his mixed martial arts career.

‘The Highlight’ is well aware of the financial reward that comes with facing the UFC’s poster boy but is dead set on locking horns with and defeating Nurmagomedov.

“If I want to fight Conor, I can fight Conor,” the former World Series of Fighting lightweight champion told ESPN. “Believe me. Why wouldn’t Dana [White] put that together? But that’s not the fight I want.

“His only ploy is he’s Mr. Red Panty Night. Not everyone is a greedy motherf***er like him.”

McGregor, 31, returned from a 15-month layoff in January in the main event of UFC 246, where he decimated Donald Cerrone in 40 seconds to claim his first victory in over three years.

‘The Notorious’ is hoping to return to his active ways in 2020, setting his sights on two more outings this year.

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