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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