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Anthony Joshua's Brilliant Response To Question About Fantasy Fight With Mike Tyson

Anthony Joshua's Brilliant Response To Question About Fantasy Fight With Mike Tyson

Anthony Joshua vs a prime Mike Tyson is one heck of a fantasy match but it seems the 2012 Olympic champion has no confidence that he'd win that one.

Right now Joshua's main aim to get back the three world titles he lost to Andy Ruiz in June, with his rematch in December, but in the past he's been asked about a fantasy fight with a peak Tyson.

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Speaking, via the Express, back in 2017 the former world champion said, "Mike Tyson would have battered me!

"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.

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

The 'Baddest Man on the planet' became the youngest ever heavyweight world champion when he stopped Trevor Berbick in their second round title fight in Las Vegas in 1986, aged just 20 years and four months.

Like Joshua, 'Iron Mike' had his first world championship reign ended by a shock defeat, when he lost to Buster Douglas in February 1990.

It would take the American six years to win a world title for the second time, although three of those years were spent in prison after a rape charge.

Tyson eyes winning back the world title against Frank Bruno. Image: PA Images
Tyson eyes winning back the world title against Frank Bruno. Image: PA Images

Joshua will be hoping that it only takes him six months to win back world title gold, having been surprised by Ruiz Jr in his first fight in America on June 1st.

The 29-year-old takes on the Mexican for the second time on December 7th in Saudi Arabia and will be desperate to prove that his loss was a one off.

Ruiz knocks down Joshua. Image: PA Images
Ruiz knocks down Joshua. Image: PA Images

This week AJ's trainer Rob McCracken came under fire for letting the former champion continue boxing against Mexico's first heavyweight world champion even with a concussion.

However speaking to the Guardian the 2012 Olympic gold medal winner said he didn't mind fighting on, saying, "I knew where I was. But definitely they call it concussion ... That's what they call it. But I think concussion is a weak term. You've got to be stronger than it. You've got to fight through the concussion if you can.

"That shot on my head [to the left temple in round three] made it really difficult ... If concussion is what they're calling it, that punch that gave me concussion, made it difficult."

Will AJ manage to regain the belts he lost in June?

Topics: mike tyson, Tyson Fury, Boxing News, Andy Ruiz Jr, Andy Ruiz, Anthony Joshua, Boxing, Heavyweight division, Deontay Wilder, heavyweight champion

Ryan Sidle

Ryan is a writer for SPORTbible. He covers all sport from football, formula one, cricket, rugby, tennis, athletics, mma and wrestling. He obviously hates YOUR football team and has no interest in synchronised swimming.

 

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