Heavyweight boxing legend Mike Tyson has already made his pick ahead of the eagerly anticipated fight between current heavyweight titleholders Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury.
According to Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn both fighters have signed off on a two-fight deal. Now the heavyweight champions have signed on the dotted line, Hearn and Bob Arum have the not so small task of finding a host site for the first fight which is expected to take place this summer.
If the fight does come off, ‘Iron Mike’ is backing Fury to emerge victorious and recently explained why.
“Listen, you know I love f***ing Joshua,” Tyson told Haute Living. “But I really think this Tyson’s too elusive, he’s not gonna hit him.
“Listen, keeping it honest, I like Joshua a lot. Maybe he punches harder than Wilder, but he doesn’t punch faster than Wilder. If he doesn’t punch faster than Wilder, he’s not gonna f***ing touch this guy.
“That’s just what I think, he punches hard, but he doesn’t punch fast. If Tyson Fury can get away from Wilder’s fast punches, Joshua might be in trouble.” (Transcribed by TalkSport)
Joshua currently holds the WBA, IBF AND WBO heavyweight titles. The Olympic gold medallist was last seen in action against Kubrat Pulev in December 2020. ‘AJ’ dominated his mandatory challenger through nine rounds before finding the finish.
Fury has been out the ring considerably longer than his heavyweight rival. ‘The Gypsy King’ last fought in February 2020 against Deontay Wilder. The two fighters previously went to a controversial draw in 2019.
In the rematch, Fury left no doubt. He hit, dropped and hurt Wilder on several occasions before Mark Breland mercifully threw in the towel in round seven.
Do you agree with Mike Tyson? Will Anthony Joshua be unable to land on Tyson Fury when they fight?