Heavyweight boxing legend Mike Tyson has offered his thoughts on the three men currently dominating the division.
The former champion was critical of Anthony Joshua who currently holds three of the four major belts and the recently dethroned Deontay Wilder but was quick to praise WBC king Tyson Fury.
Tyson dismissed claims that Joshua is a paper champion during a recent interview with ESPN. However, the 54-year-old does believe ‘AJ’ still has some things to work on to become the best heavyweight in boxing.
“I don’t think he’s a paper champion,” Tyson said. “I just think he’s a big guy… it’s hard to fight being that big. It’s very difficult being that big and having to fight a smaller guy … that guy could learn some more. He could be taught some more stuff.”
Tyson also called on Wilder to get “his head out of his butt” and focus on avenging his loss to Fury rather than coming up with excuses about why he lost.
“When Wilder gets his head out of his butt, he’s good. Wilder just gotta stop internalizing stuff, this guy is great,” Tyson said. “Just keep on fighting. Fight [Fury] again; fight him a third time. Whenever you have an opportunity to fight for the title, he should fight. We can only do this for a certain amount of time in our life, and then we can’t do it anymore. So we have to do it as much as we can before we end this stuff.”
Last but not least, the soon to return knockout artist heaped praise on WBC, Ring Magazine and Lineal champion Fury who stretched his unbeaten streak to 31 by taking out ‘The Bronze Bomber’ inside seven rounds earlier this year.
“I think he’s very good,” Tyson said. “He looks like he’s not intimidating, but he’s really elusive, he really knows how to box, he’s really smart and he’s really difficult to hit and he’s 7-foot, damn near. He’s a monster.”
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