Mike Tyson warns Anthony Joshua he’s ‘not going to f***ing touch’ Tyson Fury unless he learns to punch FASTER than Deontay Wilder when the British heavyweight rivals clash this year
- Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua are finally set to lock horns later this year
- Anthony Joshua will put his WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO titles on the line against Fury
- Mike Tyson believes Fury’s speed could see him emerge victorious in the fight
Mike Tyson has backed Tyson Fury to defeat Anthony Joshua in the hotly anticipated heavyweight Battle of Britain later this year.
Tyson believes the speed the Gypsy King possesses means he will be able to outwit Joshua and avoid his powerful punches in a similar tactic that saw him emerge victorious in his rematch with Deontay Wilder in early 2020.
Tyson has spoken glowingly of Joshua’s attributes but reckons that unless he can learn to punch faster than the explosive Bronze Bomber, Fury will claim the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO from his rival later this year to become the undisputed king.
Mike Tyson thinks the speed Tyson Fury (left) showed against Deontay Wilder is vital
Iconic heavyweight fighter Tyson believes Fury will likely defeat Joshua in a fight later this year
‘I f***ing love Joshua, but I think Tyson [Fury] is too elusive,’ Iron Mike explained to Haute Living. ‘He’s not going to be able to hit him.
‘I like Joshua a lot, and maybe he punches harder than Wilder, but he doesn’t punch faster than Wilder.
‘And if he doesn’t punch faster than Wilder he’s not going to f***ing touch this guy.
‘That’s just what I see. If Tyson Fury can get away from Wilder’s fast punches, Joshua might be in trouble.’
The venue and date for the heavyweight showdown is yet to be officially confirmed with Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn recently revealing he has had a mega-money offer from a mystery individual.
Speaking last week, Hearn said: ‘I had an approach, not from the Middle East, but it was the most bizarre approach.
‘I can’t say who it was but it was from a very wealthy individual and he wants to do something very special. We’ve had 20 approaches for this fight but you know which ones are serious.
‘But this one was just well out there. And it’s a realistic option, money is not an issue with this guy. Commercially it’s a bit strange, but it’s not about that. It’s a trophy asset to say… “this is the biggest event in the world”.
Joshua will put his WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO titles on the line against Fury later on in 2021
A venue and date for Fury’s fight against Joshua has yet to be officially confirmed
‘And that’s the mindset of an individual who wants to bring it to his own country. It’s not about selling tickets, it’s not about government investment… it would him be saying “I’d be paying for it”.
‘There’s a number for the fight, you hit the number, you get the fight and the number was not an issue for this individual.
‘Saudi have paid the site fee before, we’ve worked together before, it’s not complicated, it’s just about tying up the dates, but this offer is a bit different. All I will say is it’s in Asia. Not Macau but not far away.’