Anthony Joshua confirms stance on fighting Mike Tyson in boxing comeback showdown

Anthony Joshua insists he would not fight Mike Tyson if offered an exhibition showdown with the boxing great – because he would booed if he beat him. Tyson is hoping to launch a boxing comeback in the coming months and is looking for an opponent.

But AJ has ruled himself out and described Tyson as the ‘greatest boxer of the modern era.

Joshua is gearing up to face Kubrat Pulev when boxing returns following the suspension of sport due to the coronavirus.

He then hopes to face Tyson Fury, as long as he beats Deontay Wilder again, but says a fight with Iron Mike is not on his radar.

“With all due respect I wouldn’t,” he told the Sun.

“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.

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“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.”

Tyson has been linked with a repeat of his historic fights against Evander Holyfield and Fury even suggested he would throw down with him.

And AJ isn’t surprised by talk of a return, but it’s all he knows.

“I see it like this — how old is David Beckham, 44, 45?” Joshua added.

“If you see him in ten years kicking a ball, doing 100 kick ups, a round-the-world and hitting the crossbar and then an overhead volley into the top corner, people would love it.

“But because Mike Tyson is the embodiment of like, the killing machine, he hits the pads for 15 seconds and the whole world goes crazy, it is normal.

“It is what Tyson knows. But for him to fight… would you be shocked if Beckham came back? You would. But for boxers it’s all they know.”

AJ got his career back on track with December’s revenge win over Andy Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia and became the two-time unified heavyweight champion.

He takes on Pulev next in a mandatory defence before potentially the biggest showdown in British boxing history with a fight against Tyson Fury.

And he warned Fury, he was on his hit list.

“Undoubtedly the fight I want is Tyson Fury — he is holding something that I want, he’s on my hit list,” he told the Sun.

“You never know what you’re going to get with him.

“He’s either at the top of the world, conquering the world, or at the bottom of the ocean and he needs to find a balance — but at the moment he seems to have found one at home working out with his wife.

“He says things about me all the time, there is so much back and forth, but Tyson Fury is only relevant the day me and him sign a contract to fight.

“The day he and I are going to fight is the only time really that I should be talking about Tyson Fury and I don’t really want to be in that position where I am talking him down.

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WBC would allow Mike Tyson to fight for heavyweight title against Tyson Fury

Mike Tyson’s comeback has received the full support of World Boxing Council president Mauricio Sulaiman, even backing the 53-year-old to take part in a heavyweight title fight.

Iron Mike announced his intention to return to boxing earlier this month, uploading a series of images and clips showing his age-defying physique and ferocious power, and he intends to fight some huge names in exhibition bouts for charity.

Even reigning WBC heavyweight champ Tyson Fury recently revealed he had received an offer to fight his namesake and Sulaiman says he would not oppose a title fight for the veteran American if he comes through his exhibition matches unscathed.

Speaking to Boxing Social, the WBC president explained: ‘Mike is Mike Tyson and I played around a few days ago, they kept asking, “Are you going to rank him?”

‘To rank Mike Tyson he would have to have a license, he would have to fight, he would have to have a real fight to do a process, and I said, “Well if Mike Tyson was the youngest ever to capture the world title, maybe he’ll be the oldest” and that made a few people smile.

‘Mike Tyson is Mike Tyson, he’s got a history, punching power like few in the whole world. I believe his intentions are to be praised, to do something with his body. You see the pictures, how he blew up and now you see him right now, you see he’s shining on his face. I love that, and that’s boxing.

‘So if he comes and does exhibitions and charity to give money to those who need it, absolute full support. Then if that leads to something, we will see. He will have to have a license, so many things need to happen before we entertain the idea of him fighting for the world title.

‘He’s 53 years old and it is just a matter of understanding the need of expectation that boxing media and boxing fans have. So I am having a lot of fun with it, I am supporting it 100%, and if someone wants to say he is going to fight for the title, I would say, “He will!” and the WBC will be there.’

He continued: ‘It has brought great, positive attention to the sport. Why? Because Mike Tyson is a hero, an icon.

‘He fell into very difficult times, as many have done, and now it’s boxing that is bringing him back in fitness, he’s feeling great, he’s feeling mentally enthusiastic. And to do what he’s planning to do, an exhibition match to create funds for charity, there’s nothing more positive than that.

‘Since day one we of course supported, and will support, anything that has to do with Mike Tyson’s activity in that regard. So I’m very excited and to see exhibitions is fun.

‘And of course it will be with the absolute care of the medicals and the testing and the complete protocol to make sure whoever is in the ring is in top shape and has no additional risks. With headgear, 18oz gloves, so very entertaining, very fun.’

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Mike Tyson sparks huge brawl with AEW legend Chris Jericho and makes challenge

Mike Tyson made a huge impact on All Elite Wrestling as tensions with Chris Jericho hit boiling point.

The Baddest Man On The Planet made his debut for the rising promotion over the weekend at the Double Or Nothing pay-per-view, but it’s his second appearance on last night’s episode of Dynamite which will get everyone talking.

Iron Mike and his crew – including including UFC stars Henry Cejudo and Rashad Evans, and MMA legend Vitor Belfort – made their way to the ring to face off with Chris Jericho’s Inner Circle at the end of last night’s show.

The former AEW Champion channel warned the boxing legend: ‘I’m gonna say this to you once Tyson – shut your mouth when I’m talking to you. Huh, you understand me?

‘I have been dreaming of this moment for 10 years. You turned on me. You looked me in the eye and said I could trust you. You turned on me, and you knocked on me out.’

Jericho was referring to the pair’s infamous clash in WWE a decade ago, and Tyson said the star deserved the beating.

The wrestler gave the boxer one chance to apologise for what he did, but it’s safe to say things didn’t go to plan.

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Mike Perry says only his GIRLFRIEND will be in his corner

‘I’m not listening to any coaches right now’: UFC fan favourite Mike Perry ditches trainers and says only his GIRLFRIEND will be in his corner for future bouts in a bid to transform poor run of form in the octagon

  • UFC fan favourite Mike Perry says he has ditched his coaches for future fights 
  • The 28-year-old is in a poor run of form, having lost five of his last seven bouts 
  • Perry says only his girlfriend will be in his corner when he next fights in MMA
  • England’s Darren Till is keen to fight Perry on the UFC’s ‘Fight Island’  

UFC star Mike Perry has decided to ditch his coaches for future MMA bouts, revealing only his girlfriend will be in his corner for upcoming fights. 

The welterweight, who has lingered in the top 30 fighters in the division for some time, has chosen to mix things up after enduring a poor run of form inside the octagon. 

‘Platinum’ has won just two of his last seven bouts, convincing the 28-year-old that wholesale changes need to be made in his coaching set up. 

UFC star Mike Perry has ditched his trainers, saying only his girlfriend will be in his corner

Latory Gonzalez (right) and a friend will be the only people in his corner when he fights next

And the fan favourite has revealed that only his girlfriend, Latory Gonzalez, will be in his corner when he next enters the octagon. 

‘My girlfriend, just her. If not, her and her friend,’ he told MMA Junkie. ‘I’m not listening to any coaches right now.

‘Coaches who are saying things that they ain’t gonna go in there and do. They want it to be this way or this way, and like it’s a totally different way.

‘I need a guy like me to hold mitts; I want to hold mitts for myself to be honest with you. I can show people a couple of techniques or whatever, and I’m just ready to fight for my life… Ain’t nobody gonna take this from me.’

‘Platinum’ is on a poor run of form, having lost five of his previous bouts in the octagon

The 28-year-old dismissed the role of trainers, saying he doesn’t need advice between rounds 

The American also dismissed the role of those in a fighter’s corner during bouts. 

‘All I need the corner for is to pass me the bottle of water, wipe my head off or put the ice on my neck when I get hot coming in between the rounds,’ he added.

‘It’s probably not gonna go more than five minutes, and if it does, all I need is a bottle of water.

‘I need to sip a drink, put some ice on my neck, and I don’t need no advice.’ 

Perry has had a love-hate relationship with UFC rival Darren Till, having sparred with the Englishman in the past. 

Till has expressed his intention to meet his foe in a future bout on ‘Fight Island’, the mysterious location in which UFC President Dana White wishes to host events during the coronavirus crisis. 

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Mike Trout autographed rookie card sells for nearly $1 million at auction

We’re used to seeing staggering numbers from Mike Trout.

His bWAR has topped 10.0 three seasons, with another three years checking in at 8.2 or above. He’s finished first or second in the AL MVP voting seven times in his eight full seasons — he’s won three times — and he signed a 12-year, $430 million extension with the Angels last spring. All are just jaw-dropping facts and figures.

But somehow, the news from Goldin Auctions on Wednesday night was still hard to comprehend. A Mike Trout baseball card — a 2009 Bowman Chrome Draft Picks and Prospects Mike Trout Red Refractor Autograph (sheesh that’s a handful) graded at 9.5 out of 10 — sold for a realized price of $922,500.

Yep, nearly a million bucks for a baseball card made in 2009. The hammer price was $750,000, with buyer’s premium and other costs totaling up to $922,500. That sale price puts Trout in elite company — stop me if you’ve heard that one before. 

The most expensive baseball card is the Honus Wagner T206, the Holy Grail of the “hobby.” A card graded at 5 sold for $3.12 million (again, including buyer’s premium) in 2016. A 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle graded at a 9/10 sold for $2.8 million in 2018 and a different 1952 Topps Mantle, graded at 8.5, sold for $1.14 million in 2016. 

This particular card is a 5/5, meaning there were five exact copies of the Red Refractor Autograph made, though Trout’s autograph might vary slightly because, well, autographs tend to do that. It’s unclear what’s happened to the other four copies, though. Maybe still available in an unopened pack somewhere? 

There are two boxes of 2009 Bowman Chrome Draft Picks and Prospects available on eBay, if you’re feeling lucky. The lowest “buy it now” price is $3,899. 

There are other Mike Trout autographs from the 2009 Bowman Chrome Draft set available on eBay. There’s a Gold Refractor numbered to 50 that’s listed at $299,999 — free shipping, tho! — and a Blue Refractor numbered to 150 that’s listed at $129,999 (also free shipping!). The cheapest Trout autograph from that set isn’t a Refractor, and it’s listed at $14,999 (gonna cost you $50 to ship, unfortunately). 

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Mike Tyson shows off his hand speed and ripped physique in new video

Mike Tyson shows off his hand speed and ripped physique in new video as he gears up for a return to the ring aged 53… two days after 48-year-old Shannon Briggs claimed he’d agreed a fight with the heavyweight legend

  • Mike Tyson has been training hard ahead of a potential comeback fight this year
  • The 53-year-old legend showed off his speed and power in a new video for Weibo
  • Tyson shadow boxes shirtless and says he there’s a possibility he could return
  • Shannon Briggs has claimed that he has agreed a deal to take on Tyson next
  • The Baddest Man on the Planet had been expected to face Evander Holyfield 

Mike Tyson has given fans another glimpse of his trademark power and speed as he continues to work towards a sensational comeback fight.

The 53-year-old has been training hard ahead of a controversial return to the ring, with a trilogy fight against old foe Evander Holyfield seemingly on the cards.

But after Shannon Briggs claimed that he had agreed to take on Tyson ahead of Holyfield, the Baddest Man on the Planet posted an update to social media.  

Mike Tyson shows off his hand speed in a new video posted to Chinese social media site Weibo

The 53-year-old looked in good shape as he shadow boxed outside wearing just a pair of jeans

Tyson has been training hard ahead of a return to the ring. He hung up his gloves back in 2005

Launching his own page on Chinese microblogging site Weibo with a video, Tyson told fans that: ‘there’s a possibility I might come back’.

Wearing just a pair of jeans and no top, the American then proceeds to shadow box, showing off the speed which once made him the most feared man in boxing.

In the short clip, Tyson throws a series of jabs, hooks and uppercuts, teasing the sort of punches we could see again if a fight with Briggs is made official.

On Tuesday, the 48-year-old claimed that he had spoken directly with Tyson to agree a heavyweight showdown in the near future.

Tyson covers his face in the clip, which was used to launch the legend’s own Weibo channel

The veteran throws a series of upppercuts, demonstrating his trademark hand speed

Tyson continues to tease fans about a comeback and says there’s a ‘possibility’ he could return

He said: ‘I just talked to Mike Tyson, it’s going down, me and Mike, we’re going to make it happen, it’s official, you’re going to see it happen, Brownsville versus Brownsville.

‘Me and Tyson are going to lace up the gloves, we’re going to rumble, rumble in the jungle. We’re going to let our fist do the talking.’

He says the fight against Tyson will be an exhibition with the two KO artists going toe-to-toe.

Tyson is yet to comment on a fight with Briggs, but in the video he promises to ‘fight with the spirit of Mao’ – the founding father of the People’s Republic of China – if he does make a return to the ring.

At the end of the clip, the 53-year-old gives his dog a hug and a kiss after having his shadow boxing session interrupted.

Shannon Briggs has announced that he will be the man to face Tyson in his comeback fight

 The former world heavyweight champion was interrupted by his dog at the end of the video

Tyson smiles as he talks to his fans in China ahead of a potential return to the ring this year

Last weekend, Holyfield said his team were in talks with Tyson’s and he was confident over an agreement being reached, though no deal had been struck.

Tyson suffered back-to-back losses to Holyfield and infamously bit off part of his opponent’s ear during their second fight in 1997, leading to him being disqualified. 

Both men have recently posted workout videos showing off their physical prowess and Tyson has wowed fans with his famous power on the pads, though many from the boxing world are discouraging him from lacing his gloves up again over fears of serious injury.

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Haye claims Mike Tyson is NOT among greatest heavyweights amid Holyfield talks

David Haye does not rank Mike Tyson among the greatest heavyweights in history as talk of the American returning to the ring to face former nemesis Evander Holyfield hots up.

Talks have begun between the pair – who have both posted training videos ahead of a potential trilogy fight – over a bout, despite the duo being in their 50s.

The news has captured the imagination of boxing fans – many of whom consider the former heavyweight kings to be among the greatest to have ever lived – but Haye admitted he wouldn’t put Tyson in his all-time top five.

‘I think that particular Mike Tyson had a chance to beat anyone. But I would have liked to see that Tyson we saw that night [in 1988, defeating Michael Spinks in 91 seconds] be pushed in rounds six, seven and eight where he had to go soul searching,’ Haye told BBC Radio 5 Live.

‘I don’t know whether he could have turned it around then because we never really saw it. The only time we saw it when he really needed to was against Buster Douglas and he didn’t.

‘How many fights did he really have when he was behind on points? Where he got put down, hurt, and came back? That’s the question.

‘If he fights [Muhammad] Ali, hits him in the first round and has him on the ropes and finishes him off – okay, he can beat Ali.

‘But if Ali boxes his head off, gets him tired, ties him up, taunts him, gets him missing, makes him pay – does Tyson have the mental capacity and the mental fortitude to get through that problem? I haven’t seen him get through many problems. Ever.

‘There was never a fight I can remember where Tyson was having to bring it back around. The moment he started to lose or it started to get tough, it seemed to go the other way. Buster Douglas, Holyfield twice, even Danny Williams.

‘Obviously that’s way down the line when he’s completely washed up but so was Danny Williams at the time. No one gave him a chance.

‘Many fighters – Holyfield, Lennox Lewis – they’ve all had tough fights where they’ve been on the brink of losing and found a way to win. I’ve never seen that happen with Tyson. That’s how I see it.

‘I find it hard to say someone is in the top-five of all time if they’ve never had a fight they were losing that they came back to win.

‘You can’t just be an on-top fighter, win all the fights you’ve won and never really suffer punishment and pain and come back and find a way to win. That’s the way I see it.’

Haye does believe, however, that things could have been very different for Tyson and he could have been the greatest heavyweight of all time.

‘If he’s 21 there, he’s a baby in boxing terms. He was only going to get better.

‘But what happened was he peaked at 21 and didn’t get any better. In fact he got worse. He did less training, less sparring, had less discipline. He got worse and worse until he lost.

‘The version of Tyson that lost to Buster Douglas was a significantly worse fighter than the one that went in with Spinks.

‘If he wouldn’t have fell off, if he’d had people looking after him, investing his money, looking out for him – he could have been No. 1 without a doubt.’

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Hearn reacts to Mike Tyson's training videos & reveals approach from heavyweight

Eddie Hearn says he is intrigued by the possible return of Mike Tyson to boxing, but admitted he had reservations about welcoming the heavyweight back into the ring.

Tyson’s last fight was in 2005 when he was stopped by Kevin McBride in six rounds, but the 53-year-old recently announced plans to make a comeback and has released several training videos.

Evander Holyfield has also confirmed his comeback and called out Tyson for their trilogy fight.

Hearn, who promotes heavyweights Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte, revealed someone had been in touch asking about if he would be open to teaming up with Iron Mike.

Asked by British Boxing Television about his reaction to Tyson’s mooted comeback, Hearn said: ‘Mixed. They reached out to me. I got a message from someone the other day saying they wanted to talk about Mike.

‘I would probably like to see it. But, I kind of feel like, and people may see I did the Youtube stars, but is it a bit irresponsible to let a 53-year-old legend get back in the ring?

‘Dunno. He looks pretty dangerous. There’s the fascination of could he?

‘Could he actually go in at 53 and do some damage in the division?

‘Maybe, maybe not. But should we be encouraging that from somebody who is a all-time great? He looks great. Who knows?

‘I don’t know. There’s kind of a fine line and I’ve crossed it a couple of times – the integrity of the sport and delivering numbers.

‘Our job is to deliver numbers for our broadcasters, but we’ve go to try and keep it close to the right mark as possible.

‘I don’t know. Stranger things have happened.’

Tyson and Holyfield twice fought during their pro careers, with the latter winning both bouts.

Holyfield won their rematch by disqualification after Tyson twice bit his rival during the now infamous showdown.

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Mike Tyson shows off incredible power and lightening speed in new training video

Legendary boxer Mike Tyson has announced that he’s ‘back’ with the release of incredible new training footage that shows he’s lost little of the speed or power from his heyday.

The 53-year-old retired 15 years ago but he’s made the most of the lockdown period by getting his gloves back on and training with MMA coach Rafael Cordeiro.

The former Heavyweight Champion plans on returning to the ring for exhibition bouts but there’s been no official announcement about potential opponents nor a time frame on any return.

Nevertheless, any suggestion that Tyson isn’t taking a return seriously have been put to bed with his latest training video.

The Brookyln-born fighter proclaims ‘I’m back’ at the end of the footage.

Speaking to TI on Instagram earlier this month, Tyson detailed his new training regime and said he was in ‘pain’.

‘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,’ said Tyson.

‘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 mits, 30 minutes, 25 minutes, start getting in better condition.‘I’m start to put those combinations together. I’m in pain, I feel like three guys kicked the s*** out of me.’

Though Tyson is aiming for exhibition bouts, there has been some talk of a return to professional boxing.

Frank Warren dismissed that speculation in his column this week but Cordeiro says Tyson is open to all avenues.

What I can tell you is that if he wants to do something in the future he’ll be ready for that 100 per cent,’ Cordeiro said in an interview with ESPN.

‘Boxing, for sure, if he wants to come back to boxing, give him six months he could come back and fight against anyone. I’ll put my word to that, it’s not a joke.

‘You guys can see on the mitts, that was the first mitts [session]. Can you imagine after three weeks? The guy is a great student.’

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George Foreman makes Mike Tyson prediction after announcing boxing comeback

George Foreman is relishing Mike Tyson’s boxing comeback and is backing the 53-year-old to break his own record and become the oldest ever heavyweight champion of the world.

Tyson has revealed he wants to take part in four-round exhibition fights to raise money for charity and uploaded a clip of his training to Instagram, showing off his ferocious speed and looking in superb shape.

Foreman – who was 45 years old when he became heavyweight champ again in 1994 – was massively impressed by Tyson’s blistering pad work and does not believe he will stop at exhibition fights, predicting he can mix it with the current crop of heavyweights if he commits to training.

Asked if he has seen the clip of Tyson, Foreman told iFL TV: ‘I was so happy. He looked like he had turned the clock back at least 20 years.

‘He was looking fit and those punches were coming sharp.

‘If he’s able to go into the woods and dedicate himself to that for about 10 months, he could come back and really be a top contender.’

Foreman also suggested exhibition fights could be a stepping stone to something bigger, continuing: ‘That’s what they do, that’s the way it happens.

‘I called Dick Sadler, my original trainer back in the 1960s, I’d just won a gold medal, I said I just want to do exhibitions, that’s all, and learn more about boxing.

‘Next thing you know I’m in with the heavyweight champion of the world.

‘So it starts off talking about exhibitions, but then it gets bigger and bigger. And Tyson, I would like to see him back in the ring. He’s an older fella, but a record is always waiting to be broke.’

Foreman had been retired for 10 years when he returned to boxing at the age of 38 in 1987 winning 24 bouts on the spin before taking on WBA, WBC, IBF and lineal champion Evander Holyfield four years later.

Although he lost that fight, he beat Michael Moorer in 1994 to become heavyweight champion once again, for the first time in almost two decades, and had four more title defences before losing to Shannon Briggs in 1997 at the age of 48.

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