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Joshua warns Tyson not to fight 'young lions' of heavyweight division

‘It’s like an old-time footballer doing a crossbar challenge’: Anthony Joshua warns Mike Tyson not to fight the ‘young lions’ of the heavyweight division as veteran boxer prepares to make highly-anticipated comeback against Roy Jones Jr

  • Anthony Joshua warned Mike Tyson to not fight ‘young lion’ heavyweights 
  • Tyson is preparing for his comeback in eight-round bout with Roy Jones Jr 
  • Joshua likened Tyson’s return to an ‘old football doing a crossbar challenge’
  • Tyson has lost an incredible ten stone as the 54-year-old prepares for the fight

Anthony Joshua has warned Mike Tyson that he does not need to compete with the ‘young lions’ of the heavyweight division as he prepares for his comeback to the ring.

Tyson is set to fight Roy Jones Jr in an eight-round exhibition on September 12, as the former heavyweight champion makes his highly-anticipated comeback. 

He had been teasing a return during lockdown as he posted a serious of training videos to social media and the fans dreams of seeing ‘Iron Mike’ back in the ring have since become a reality.

Anthony Joshua has warned Mike Tyson to not fight the ‘young lions’ in heavyweight division

Tyson is preparing for his comeback to the ring in eight-round exhibition with Roy Jones Jr

Joshua, the current heavyweight WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO title holder, hopes the 54-year-old sticks to the exhibition bouts and does not try and make a return to the professional game.

He told Sky Sports: ‘You see a clip on social media and you think: ‘He’s back in action, he’s fighting fit.’

‘But it’s like an old-time footballer doing a crossbar challenge!

‘Tyson hitting pads with ferocious behaviour is second nature to him. But to someone watching from home? It’s like he’s going to rule the heavyweight division.

‘It’s a passion they both love, it’s what they know. Tyson has been fighting since he was 13. Jones’ dad pushed him to be a great.

Joshua compared the 54-year-old’s comeback to an ‘old footballer doing a crossbar challenge’

‘It’s all they know. They haven’t got to compete with the young lions of the division. We’re bigger, stronger, science has improved so we have more technology.’

Tyson has lost an incredible ten stone over the past year and is looking shredded ahead of his fight with Jones Jr.

Joshua is hoping that Tyson’s return can add ‘value’ to the sport of boxing.

‘If Tyson wants to come back and fight someone from his era, for the love of the sport? Crack on,’ he added.

‘I hope it adds value to the sport we love.’




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