Mike Tyson has dismissed Anthony Joshua’s claim that he’d beat Muhammed Ali in a fantasy heavyweight fight. Joshua was asked to give his prediction for a showdown between the heavyweight legends during a recent Instagram live broadcast.
The unified heavyweight champion responded by saying: “It’s quite interesting because in the era of Muhammad Ali’s heavyweight reign, the heavyweights were ranked as the cruiserweights of the Mike Tyson era.
“With Lennox Lewis, you know how they started getting bigger, hence why in the amateurs they then created a super-heavyweight division.
“The current heavyweight division in the amateurs is what we class as the cruiserweight division.
“So Muhammad Ali wouldn’t have been a fully-fledged heavyweight.
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Mike Tyson on Anthony Joshua’s claim he’d beat Muhammed Ali in a fantasy fight
“So let’s say we bulked Muhammad Ali up and put size and strength to him, I truly believe Mike Tyson would’ve won.
“The reason being when you watch the fight with Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali, you see a certain Tyson-esque to Frazier’s style.
“Tyson used to study that Joe Frazier. The moving, the hooks. He managed to put Ali down in the fight, it was a very tough fight for Ali.
“And I just believe Mike Tyson was better schooled, times have evolved, Mike Tyson was more developed. More science, more information.
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“So I think that Mike Tyson would’ve won, in my humble opinion.”
Former undisputed heavyweight champion Tyson, however, disagrees with Joshua’s assessment of a hypothetical showdown with ‘The Greatest’.
During an interview with Yahoo Sports, ‘Iron Mike’ said: “I know it’s a fantasy game.
“Most likely I would win the fantasy, I wouldn’t win the real fight.
“Ali’s the greatest there’s ever been.”
Joshua, 30, was meant to be back in action on June 20 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, where he was slated to defend his unified titles against Bulgaria’ Kubrat Pulev.
The pair’s meeting, however, has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak, which has wreaked havoc with the sporting calendar.
July 25 is the tentative new date for the bout, which promoter Eddie Hearn admits could be delayed even further.
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