Anthony Joshua's Hilarious Comment On How A Fight With Mike Tyson

Anthony Joshua vs a prime Mike Tyson is one heck of a fantasy match but when current world heavyweight champion 'AJ' was asked about how the bout would play it out, he had no confidence whatsoever.

Aged 20 years and four months, Tyson became the youngest ever heavyweight champion, aged 20 years and four months, in 1986, when he stopped Trevor Berbick in their second round title fight in Las Vegas.

Five years later, Tyson would be arrested for the rape of 18-year-old Desiree Washington and in 1992 was sentenced to six years in prison, serving just less than three years of his sentence.

Despite once again becoming heavyweight champion in 1996, Tyson's subsequent double loss to Evander Holyfield, including the infamous ear biting incident during their rematch, sparked a meteoric downfall.

The formerly Baddest Man on The Planet would lose three of his last four fights, including suffering embarrassing defeats to Danny Williams and Kevin McBride.

Image: PA
Image: PA

But his legacy in heavyweight boxing will forever exist and when 22-0 Joshua was asked whether he could beat 'Iron Mike', he responded brilliantly in a 2017 interview.

Mike Tyson would have battered me!" the IBF, the WBA (Super) and WBO champion admitted, laughing as he said it.

"There was no way I could have taken on that guy. I would have taken that pay cheque. You know what I done against Klitschko in that 6th round when I took that dive? I'm joking.

"I would have taken a dive against Tyson. He was a beast. I give all credit and respect to Tyson. Even though Tyson is going on like 50 now, I still remember Tyson as the young, young 21-year-old.

"He was that good and made such an impact in the sport of boxing."

Prior to his victory over Alexander Povetkin in his last last fight, Joshua showed shades of Tyson when he did the 'front neck bridge' made famous by the American boxing legend.

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Images: Instagram / Anthony Joshua
Images: Instagram / Anthony Joshua

Having been in the same position as Joshua many years ago, Tyson offered him some words of wisdom on how to stay on track.

"It's like being the President of the United States," the 52-year old said back in June 2017.

"Joshua can't get the big head. He has to focus on fighting. When you start focusing on money, girls or whatever it is, it's going downhill. No religion, nothing, you can do those things when the fight is over.

"Let's see if he can handle that stuff. It's his time."

Josh Lawless

Josh is a writer who specialises in football and wrestling. He has been published by Curzon Ashton FC, Late Tackle, Manchester City FC, The Mirror, Read Man City and Manchester Evening News. He provides coverage of professional wrestling and has interviewed some of the biggest names in the field - including the first UK interview with The Hardy Boyz after their return to WWE. He has never sported a pair of Lonsdale Slip-ons, contrary to reports.

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