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Roy Jones Jr's Response When Asked If He And Mike Tyson Would Have Beaten Fury And Joshua

Roy Jones Jr's Response When Asked If He And Mike Tyson Would Have Beaten Fury And Joshua

Roy Jones Jr believes he and Mike Tyson would have beaten current world heavyweight champions Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua in their peak.

Jones Jr, 51, and Tyson, 54, will meet in an eight-round exhibition bout in California on September 12.

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And ahead of their pay-per-view contest, Jones Jr was asked whether he and Tyson would have beaten WBC title holder Fury and unified champion Joshua.

Speaking to Sky Sports, the confident American said: "Not right now [we wouldn't beat them]; it would be hard for us to last twelve rounds with any of those guys.

"They are skilled fighters, not bad boxers. They are not as skilled as we were but they are in their primes, and we are not.

"In our primes? We would probably have beaten them. You can never say, but I think we would probably have beaten them.

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"Our skill level was deeper, at that time, than it is now. In our prime we would have come out on top against most of those guys."

He added: "But you never know because it never happened so you can't discredit those guys. They are good fighters, well-respected fighters, and my hat is off to them because they are at the top."

Jones Jr will return to the ring against fellow boxing legend Tyson in a bout which can only be determined with a stoppage. No judges will be scoring the contest.

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They won't be wearing headgear, but will be wearing larger than normal gloves.

It has also been revealed that the match will be stopped if either fighter receives a cut, according to California State Athletic Commission executive director Andy Foster.

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Topics: Mike Tyson, Tyson Fury, Boxing News, Roy Jones Jr, Anthony Joshua, Boxing, Fight News

Nasir Jabbar

Nasir Jabbar is a journalist at SPORTbible. He graduated from Bath Spa University with a BA in Media Communications. He's a combat sport aficionado, and has contributed to MMA websites AddictedMMA and CagePotato. Nasir has covered some of the biggest fights, while interviewing the likes of Conor McGregor, Michael Bisping and Anthony Joshua. He's also an avid Bristol City fan.

 

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