Mike Tyson has fascinating view on Joshua, Fury, Wilder, and Usyk | Boxing | Sport

Mike Tyson has fascinating view on Joshua, Fury, Wilder, and Usyk | Boxing | Sport


Mike Tyson gave a fascinating reflection on heavyweight boxing’s biggest stars, including Anthony Joshua, Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder, and Oleksandr Usyk, back in 2022. The former world champion is preparing for his own return to the ring against Jake Paul on July 20 but has also shared his opinions on boxing’s current stars in recent years. 

The six-time heavyweight champion is considered an icon in the sport by peers and boxing fans and has remained in tune with the heavyweight division, where he fought for over 20 years from 1985 to now. He became the youngest heavyweight champion in the world at age 20 in 1986, a feat that remains untouched.

Speaking with Joe Rogan on his podcast two years ago, Tyson praised the current generation of stars, including Joshua and Wilder, who have dominated the division’s new era. Regarding Joshua, Tyson said, “He has never lost hope; he is still learning. That’s why he’s dangerous. Because he’s still f***ing learning.” The British boxer has 28 wins and three losses with 25 knockouts.

“Joshua needs to pick up the pace. He’s got so much potential. He has got to turn those jabs into something,” he continued. “Joshua is no walkover. He’s going to have a beautiful life after boxing. He’s beautiful.”

Joshua’s power punch-hunting methods and inconsistent game plan execution have been criticized throughout his career. He tends to leave himself vulnerable to heavy counterpunches. Many have suggested that the British’s boxers biggest flaw is that the more aggressive he becomes in a fight, the more he will take punishment. Joshua recently picked Paul to defeat Tyson in their upcoming matchup due to an age difference.

Fury’s power and fundamentals have culminated in a nearly flawless record [34-0-1] with two wins against Wilder in their high-profile trilogy. The lineal champ will defend his undisputed heavyweight championship against Usyk in an upcoming contest billed “Ring of Fire” on May 18, 2024, at the Kingdom Arena in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Tyson said about Fury: “It’s weird to take him seriously because he’s so funny. He doesn’t take fighting seriously; he laughs at people, licking the blood. What’s wrong with this guy? You’ve got to be out of your mind.” 

For Usyk, Tyson admired the Ukrainian fighter’s quickness, precision, and elite movement. The undefeated technical fighter holds back-to-back wins over Joshua, with the first earning the WBA [Super], IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight titles.

Tyson said: “Usyk is very hard to hit, he has that elite amateur level movement. It was too much for Joshua.”

Usyk has won world championships in two weight classes, holding the unified heavyweight title since 2021 and the Ring magazine title since 2022. Notable victories in his career include wins over Daniel Dubois and Derek Chisora at heavyweight and against Tony Bellew, Mairis Briedis, and Murat Gassiev at cruiserweight.

While Tyson praised Wilder’s immeasurable power, the 2007 National Golden Gloves received the most criticism from the boxing icon. Even in acknowledging the “Bronze Bomber’s” power, Tyson said, “Having a hard punch is like having a nuclear war, but it doesn’t serve any military value if it doesn’t land on his target.”

Wilder has lost three of his last five fights, including two against Fury. His most recent defeat came by a unanimous decision against Joseph Parker in Saudi Arabia.



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