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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Kubrat Pulev throws spanner into works of Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury with defiant vow

Kubrat Pulev has refused to step aside and allow Anthony Joshua to take part in a heavyweight title unification fight against Tyson Fury. Exploratory talks over a multi-million-pound showdown between the pair were initiated earlier this month.

According to ESPN, Fury’s management – MTK Global – broached Team Joshua with the idea of a lucrative Middle East showdown in December.

Saudi Arabia is said to be the frontrunner to land the bout, although it’s been reported the contest could take place elsewhere in the Arabian Peninsula.

In order for the long-awaited Battle of Britain to come to fruition this year, both Joshua and Fury would need to get out of their contractual obligations to face Pulev and Deontay Wilder.

It’s claimed both men will be able to do just that as they’ll receive the biggest purses of their respective careers.

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I see how people are afraid of me and are trying to face someone else before me.

Kubrat Pulev

The prospect of accepting a pay-off to allow Joshua to the opportunity to become undisputed champion isn’t something Pulev is willing to entertain, especially after allowing ‘AJ’ a rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr late last year.

“I wouldn’t accept it,” the Bulgarian defiantly said when pressed about the step-aside offer.

“I did it once when I didn’t have to do it for him to have his second match against Ruiz Jr.

“Everything was against IBF’s rules, but I compromised.”

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Pulev’s crack at the unified heavyweight title is tentatively scheduled to take place at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on July 25.

His long-awaited meeting with Joshua, whom he was first scheduled to meet in October 2017, was originally slated to take place on June 20 but was postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Team Joshua’s decision to entertain the prospect of a fight with Fury has irked ‘The Cobra’, who firmly believes ‘AJ’ is afraid to face him.

He said: “I see how people are afraid of me and are trying to face someone else before me. That’s not how a real world champion should act.

“Even Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield are coming back to the game to show that they are real warriors, not like him.

“A year has passed, and they always have a reason to postpone, not to fight against me.”

For Pulev, the mandatory challenger for Joshua’s IBF title, the situation is crystal clear.

“There are two options,” he said. “You either fight or vacate the title.”

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Tyson Fury promoter insists ‘Gypsy King’ easily has the ‘beating of’ Anthony Joshua

Tyson Fury will run rings around Anthony Joshua when they eventually fight each other, according to Frank Warren. Fury is on course to face Joshua in multi-million-pound heavyweight title unification fight next year after his dethroning of Deontay Wilder in February.

All that remains for the biggest fight in the history of British boxing to come to fruition is for the pair to win their respective bouts with Wilder and Kubrat Pulev.

Prior to the coronavirus outbreak delaying their next outings, Joshua vs Fury was on course to take place at the end of the year.

The long-awaited Battle of Britain will likely take place early next year, provided both men do the business against Wilder and Pulev.

Following Fury’s demolition of Wilder, who he stopped in the seventh round to claim the WBC heavyweight title, many have predicted he’ll register a similar victory over Joshua.

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I think Tyson has the beating of him as well

Frank Warren on Tyson Fury facing Anthony Joshua

Warren wholeheartedly agrees with that notion, insisting ‘The Gypsy King’ has the “beating of” his unified counterpart.

“I hope it does (happen),” he told Punching.tv. “For the sake of British sport and British boxing,” Warren said.  

“It’s something everybody wants to see happen. I want to see it happen because we’ve all got opinions on who we think we feel will win.

“I feel that Tyson has the beating of him as I always felt from day one that Tyson always had the beating of Deontay Wilder – and was proved twice – albeit the first fight he didn’t get the decision – he was cheated.

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“I think if we can get them in the ring the same thing will happen with AJ. I think Tyson has the beating of him as well.”

Fury is scheduled to defend his WBC crown against Wilder in a trilogy fight in October, with Joshua tentatively set to put his unified titles up against Pulev at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on July 25.

But the uncertainty over Fury’s Las Vegas clash with Wilder has led his American promoter Bob Arum to refuse to rule out the lineal heavyweight champion locking horns with Joshua this year.

“Everything is possible,” the Top Rank boxing promoter said when asked about the possibility of Fury facing Joshua this year.

“We are all operating in territory where nobody has experience. I’m 88 but I’ve never had the experience to deal with this. We’re feeling our way.

“But everything is possible and nothing is off the table. We have to sit and discuss this, to figure out how to move into the future.

“I can’t predict when Fury vs Wilder will take place or if it will happen.

“Everybody in the UK wants to see the two Brits fighting, Fury and Joshua. When can that happen? I don’t know.”

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Jarrell Miller makes chilling claim over collapsed Anthony Joshua fight

Jarrell Miller is adamant he would’ve put Anthony Joshua “in a casket” had their heavyweight showdown come to fruition last year. ‘Big Baby’ was supposed to welcome Joshua to the United States last June in his hometown of New York.

The pair’s clash, however, didn’t end up coming to fruition as Miller tested positive for a staggering three performance-enhancing drugs.

Following his positive tests for HGH, EPO and GW-501516, Miller was replaced by Mexican Andy Ruiz Jr – who shocked the world on five weeks’ notice by recording a seventh-round TKO victory over Joshua in front of a sold-out crowd at Madison Square Garden.

Miller was less than impressed by Joshua’s performance and firmly believes he would’ve inflicted some serious damage on the unified heavyweight champion had he shared the ring with him last year.

In an interview with Behind The Gloves, he said: “I would have put Anthony Joshua in a casket.

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I would have put a hurting on Joshua so bad that he’d never look in my direction again

Jarrell Miller

“I would have put a hurting on Joshua so bad that he’d never look in my direction again. So I had his number.

“A lot of people don’t know that Andy Ruiz asked me to come out for sparring.

“I was going t have Andy Ruiz on my training team. A lot of people said, ‘Why are you going to have Andy Ruiz on your training team? He’s short, chubby. He’s a different fighting style.

“He’s a fighting man, and he’s a good inside fighter. He throws combinations and has fast hands. He’s not a great outside fighter.’

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“But what I needed him for. Joshua tried to mix it up with Andy, and he cracked his behind. If he [Joshua] had fought me, I would have put way more hurt on him.”

Joshua entered his ill-fated clash with Ruiz Jr carrying a lot more muscle mass than usual; weighing in at 247lbs.

The extra mass, which he shed in his rematch Ruiz Jr last December, was detrimental to his mobility and left him unable to circle away from the fast-handed Mexican.

Miller reckons Joshua’s musclebound frame would’ve played perfectly into his gameplan, adding: “I think it would have hurt him even more.

“He would have been a sitting duck.

“And he doesn’t have better legs than me, and he doesn’t have better hand-eye coordination than me. He doesn’t come forward like me. I’m a bull.”

Joshua, 30, is tentatively scheduled to defend his unified heavyweight title against Kubrat Pulev at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on July 25 – although the coronavirus pandemic could force the fight to be postponed for a second time.

Miller, meanwhile, currently doesn’t have a fight scheduled; though he hopeful of returning to the ring later this year.

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Anthony Joshua gives verdict on Deontay Wilder stepping aside to allow Tyson Fury fight

Anthony Joshua doesn’t believe Deontay Wilder will step aside to allow Tyson Fury to fight him. A multi-million-pound heavyweight title unification between Joshua and Fury is within touching distance following the latter’s dethroning of Wilder in February.

A seventh-round TKO victory in Las Vegas saw ‘The Gypsy King’ claim the WBC heavyweight title and move a giant step closer to sharing the ring with ‘AJ’.

Prior to the coronavirus outbreak delaying their next outings, all that remained for the long-awaited Battle of Britain to take place later this year was for the pair to win their respective bouts with Kubrat Pulev and Wilder.

Both fights, however, have been delayed – with Joshua’s meeting with Pulev postponed until July and Fury’s trilogy match with Wilder delayed until October.

It’s been reported that Team Fury are eager to get out of their contractual obligation to have a third fight with Wilder in order to pursue an end-of-year unification fight with Joshua.

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I just highly doubt it

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Unified heavyweight champion Joshua is open to the idea, telling Sky Sports: “It would be amazing to tell Pulev, ‘I think it’s best if you step aside for now’ and to tell Wilder, ‘We have bigger fish to fry.’

“Enjoy your Alabama chicken while we get cracking in the UK! That fight needs to happen because there will never be another time like this again.”

But after further assessing the situation Wilder currently finds himself in, Joshua doesn’t foresee ‘The Bronze Bomber’ relinquishing his shot at redemption.

When asked by DAZN’s Chris Mannix if he believes Wilder would step aside, Joshua said: “No because I think the championship means a lot to these boys, I respect that.

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“As much as I would like them to, I just highly doubt it. I wouldn’t do it. Unfortunately, it won’t happen.”

Should the unthinkable happen and both Pulev and Wilder agree to sit on the sidelines, Joshua insists he’s more than prepared to take on his WBC counterpart.

“But if a miracle did come across and they both decided to I don’t need no warm-ups, I’m ready.”

Joshua, 30, is tentatively scheduled to defend his unified titles against Bulgaria’s Pulev at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on July 25.

Their meeting – which was first scheduled for October 2017 – was initially set to take place on June 20 but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Should Joshua’s first outing since reclaiming the unified heavyweight throne last December be delayed past July, his promoter Eddie Hearn believes the Olympian’s focus will shift to unifying the division.

The Matchroom Boxing chief told the London Evening Standard: “If it goes beyond that, the conversation may go straight to the fight with Tyson Fury in October or November. There’s a contract to fight Pulev and Fury has to fight Deontay Wilder, but anything is possible in this crazy world.

“It might get to the stage where if AJ has not boxed Pulev for months, he starts thinking he’s getting older, he doesn’t want the big fights to slide and this might be his only chance to become undisputed heavyweight champion. For AJ, it’s all about the legacy.”

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Anthony Joshua admits Tyson Fury fight might have to happen behind closed doors

Anthony Joshua fears his only chance of fighting Tyson Fury will be behind closed doors.

The British rivals, who hold the four heavyweight world titles between them, were on a December collision course before the coronavirus crisis struck.

Joshua was due to defend his three belts against Kubrat Pulev in June while Fury was to follow suit against Deontay Wilder the following month.

It was hoped the pair would then expected to clash in Saudi Arabia to determine the best heavyweight in the world.

But Joshua and Fury are now in limbo with sport across the world suspended due to the pandemic.

Their meeting will likely be pushed back until February – but Joshua fears Fury could hang up his gloves before that happens.

"If Eddie Hearn said he managed to secure the Tyson Fury fight, but it is behind closed doors, I would take it," he told DAZN.

"If I don’t take it now then I don’t think Tyson Fury will be around by the time this all comes around again, when big hall shows are available. I have to take the opportunity while they’re there.

"It is such a shame that I am quarantine right now as it has put a halt to greatness, but this is part of history and I am working towards beating Tyson Fury.

"I am looking at Tyson Fury like I am going to walk through him as well. I had my issue last year [losing to Andy Ruiz], I got through it and I want to correct it.

"People don’t know what that does for a fighter mentally when he loses in front of the world and what it takes to come back. Having this time to reflect has been a blessing in disguise."

Joshua's title defence against mandatory challenger Pulev was due to take place on June 20 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium but has been postponed indefinitely.

Fury is set to take on Wilder for a third time in Las Vegas on October 3, but there is no guarantee fans will be allowed into the arena.

And Joshua insists he is ready to fight behind closed doors – even if it means losing millions.

"When you are fighting in front of 80,000 people, whether you like it or not there is a massive impact on your psyche, on your confidence," he added.

"So it would be difficult to fight without the crowd there to entertain. But a win is a win, and it goes down in history and this is just part of history.

"Economically I’m taking a big hit like the rest of the world. I would definitely fight for the love of my sport and economically I’ve got that hunger in me, even if I drop five dollars or pounds, I’m turning back to get it. I’m never too big to earn a buck

"One hundred per cent I would fight for $8m less [from no gate receipts]. One hundred per cent I would take the opportunity to fight at the drop of a hat."

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