Boxing legend Mike Tyson has opened the door to fighting heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua once he has seen off Roy Jones Jr. in their upcoming exhibition match.
Iron Mike is set to return to the ring 15 years on from his last professional fight against Kevin McBride, with the 54-year-old taking on former four-weight world champ Jones in California in November.
The fight has been put on to raise money for charity, with the referee ordered to step in if the match goes ‘beyond the boundaries of a competitive boxing exhibition’.
Despite his advancing years, Tyson has got in superb shape and would be happy to take on a current heavyweight if the fight against Jones is a success – even WBA, IBF and WBO belt-holder Joshua.
Asked if he could see himself fighting a younger opponent next, and perhaps even contesting a heavyweight title, Tyson replied: ‘Listen, I’m very interested.
‘If doing that means that we can have bigger charity exponents, well be it. I’m down to do that too.
‘Because this is all being done out of an exponent of charity. So if they’re down to do that, I’m willing too.
‘Listen, it’s entertainment. It’s just for charity, it’s for a good cause, but we’re giving our best.’
Asked specifically if he would take on Joshua, Tyson added: ‘I would love to do that. That would be mind-blowing.’
Joshua – who is likely to have to fight Kubrat Pulev behind closed doors later this year – may be harder to persuade to get into the ring with Tyson, having distanced himself previously.
‘With all due respect I wouldn’t [face Tyson],’ he told The Sun earlier this year when Tyson first announced his comeback.
‘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 recognised champions the world knows of, Ali and Mike Tyson — the most recognised faces in the world when it comes to boxing.’
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