Mike Tyson says he would not necessarily back himself in a fantasy showdown with Anthony Joshua because the Brit looks like he was born to fight. Tyson mentioned, however, that his ego wouldn’t allow him to believe someone else would beat him.
Joshua is a two-time unified heavyweight world champion and Olympic gold-medallist, while Tyson became the youngest heavyweight world title holder in history in 1986.
Tyson viciously knocked out Trevor Berbick, who had beaten Muhammad Ali previously, in two rounds to win the WBC world title aged 20.
Tyson is regarded as one of the greatest heavyweights of all time and a star who transcended the sport.
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AJ has big wins over the likes of Wladimir Klitschko, Joseph Parker, Alexander Povetkin and Andy Ruiz Jr.
Tyson had legendary match-ups with Evander Holyfield, Larry Holmes, Lennox Lewis and Frank Bruno.
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But when asked whether he thinks he would topple Joshua, who is seven inches taller than him, Tyson couldn’t decide.
“Hey, I really like him,” Tyson said on his Hotboxin’ Podcast.
“You know what he is? He’s really a breath of fresh air.
“He’s really clean, he really looks clean, he’s a clean guy, he’s a clean fighter, he’s a good puncher.
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“You just wish the best for him.
“I don’t know. My ego says, ‘nobody 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.
“He needs more experience of course, but that will come in life.”
Joshua was scheduled to face Kubrat Pulev in June but the bout has been postponed because of the coronavirus crisis.
The 30-year-old is also being lined up for a mega-fight with the heavyweight division’s other champion Fury.
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